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  1. Rob eaton:
    Aug 14, 2015 at 02:51 AM

    Mother Lyn,
    I was checking in on one of my favorite people, Father Rob, and came across your article making note of Richard Hooker and the three legged stool. If I remember correctly, what you said in that 2nd paragraph introducing Scripture, tradition, and reason, is what Richard Hooker wrote. He was indeed making a Reformation argument regarding the Holy Scriptures as the Word of God, and primary source for Holy Spirit revelation. As part of the English Reformation he went on to note Holy Church's reliance upon Tradition and Reason to interpret that Scripture. I'm pretty sure, though, that Hooker himself never made reference to a three legged stool, since that illustration would have suggested Scripture was an equal source with tradition and reason in God's Word spoken. Western Catholicism based in Rome was already pointing to both Scripture and Tradition (the continued teaching of the Church after the establishment of the accepted New Testament books). So he was making the case for "scripture only" but making use of reason and the teaching office to help understand.
    I'm still not sure who was the first person to call it the 3 legged stool, and I have no doubt it was probably thought up by some pedagogical mastermind to assist their Anglican students!!

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