Signs of the Times

[From "The Proposed Creedal Basis of Christian Reunion," by C. J. Cadoux, Yorkshire United Independent College, Bradford, England, in The Journal of Religion]

The analogy drawn between the church and an ordinary human association is misleading. What is true of the tennis club is not necessarily true of the church. For the church is universal and divine; and the conditions of its life are inward and spiritual, and therefore not such as can be judged and tested by others in a final way like the payment of a subscription. But Dr. Headlam does not touch the true basis of the non-creedal position. This position is not, "The Bible, and the Bible only, and therefore not the Creed," but, "Neither the Bible nor the Creed as an ultimate authority, but both the Bible and the Creed as valuable 'sources' to be studied by the light of God's Spirit operating within us." This raises the question of the nature of ultimate authority in religion.

January 21, 1922

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