There are some things everyone knows about Protestants. They hate tradition. They’re suspicious of any doctrine or practice that can’t be anchored to a verse. They’re fractious and factious, each their own Luther unwilling to budge from their convictions unless convinced by scripture and sound reason. But sometimes what everyone knows isn’t so–or needn’t be so. In their book Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical Interpretation, Michael Allen and Scott Swain argue that these stereotypes aren’t entirely accurate of Protestants in the past and they need not be true of Protestants in the present. Instead, Reformed Catholicity presents a vision both uniquely reformed and broadly catholic, embracing the worth of Spirit-authorized church teaching and dogmatic tradition in the Church’s mission of understanding and obeying their Lord through His Word.

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