Saturday, February 06, 2010

The Roman diaries

“The notion that the teaching authority of the Church is infallible under some conditions is certainly a development arising from the Church's early sense of her own indefectibility.”

Notice how Liccione’s theory of development personifies “the Church.” He treats the church like a 2000-year-old teenager who is trying to find himself. And he treats the progress of dogma like the diaries of a moody, confused adolescent.

However, the church is not a person. It has no personal continuity–analogous to the human lifecycle. It cannot reflect on itself.

At most, later theologians can reflect on earlier theologians. But there’s no personal entity undergoing a process of self-discovery. Instead, you simply have a bunch of explorers trying to cut a path through the jungle.


  1. For me, as I read your Truth, I am reminded of something my first Pastor taught me and a group of other new found believers being trained up to go into particular parts of the world as bottles of Truth ready to be poured out for the Elect's Sake.

    He opened to Philippians 4 and had us read verse 9 and said, if after coming under the preacher or teacher, the God of Peace is not there, waste no time with the preached or taught word as it wasn't a Word of God anyway!

    May Our Good Lord again prove Himself Faithful to His Word:::>

    Luk 10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go.
    Luk 10:2 And he said to them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.

    To prayer, I encourage, to prayer, then?

  2. and here I thought the church was the body of Christ

    you make it sound as if the body is dead


    "And here I thought the church was the body of Christ. You make it sound as if the body is dead."

    And you don't know the difference between reality and metaphor.