Sola Scriptura — Reformation’s Ecclesial Legacy: Hermeneutical Freedom and Interpretive Diversity t oward a Reformed Catholicity of the Church

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Why celebrate the Reformation? Critics think that the Reformation/Protestantism is a dangerous idea. On the contrary, we believe that the Reformation was a positive movement - a positive moving toward the gospel. The Reformation offers today the same principle the Reformers fought for 500 years ago — sola Scriptura — the Reformation’s ecclesial legacy. This paper calls for a retrieval celebrating and communicating the spirit of semper reformanda secundum ver- bum Dei (alway s reforming according to the Word of God). It challenges the church to cherish and embrace responsible hermeneutical freedom and interpre- tive diversity toward a reformed, and always reforming, catholicity of the church that is faithful to the Scripture and the Scripture alone. The author believes that the Reformation in and through sola Scriptura redefines what it truly means for the Church of Christ to be one, holy, apostolic, and Catholic Church as Christ prayed for in John 17, and in such spirit calls the church (Roman Catholics, Protestants/Evangelicals, Orthodox churches, and other independent churches) to confess in unity that we are only the Church of Christ according to the Scripture.

This paper was presented by Dr. Hallig on the occasion of the seminary’s celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

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