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The Medium And The Message — Sola Scriptura And (Dis)unity In The Reformed Tradition

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This chapter examines the thought of Walter Ong and Jacques Ellul to see if they hold some clues to the many questions surrounding the perceived disunity of the Reformed tradition. It first examines the role of scripture in the different Protestant traditions. Then, the chapter highlights some of Walter Ong and Jacques Ellul's ideas on the effects of the written word to prove that a tendency to division is one of the psychodynamics that can be associated with reading, especially in comparison with listening. Finally, it argues that although sola scriptura may be regarded as the common denominator among Protestants, the role assigned to God's written Word is more decisive in the Reformed than in the Lutheran or Anglican tradition.

Keywords: disunity of Reformed tradition; God's written Word; Jacques Ellul; Protestant traditions; sola scriptura; Walter Ong



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