In the past, when I thought about “Scripture and Tradition” I imagined Tradition as some set of propositions that differed from Scipture simply because they happened to not be written down. This is suggested, perhaps, by the locus classicus for the dichotomy of scripture and tradition, 2 Thess. 2:15. But this is too limiting. Tradition must also include those things whose being does not consist in being written down or recorded – like things to be done. Scripture records a eucharistic meal, for example, but such a meal does not exist in history as something recorded but as something done and repeated: the command was to do this in memory of Christ. The being of a community cannot be exhausted by the recordable, for the only community that exists in this way is a fictional one. Hamlet has no existence outside the play.
June 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm (Uncategorized)