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The goal of this regular feature is to provide our readers with opposing arguments on topics pertinent to the Christian life. We normally omit the names of the authors in this feature, but the topic of debate for this special issue -- the doctrine of Sola Scriptura -- is no typical inter family-of-faith dispute, but rather it is one which challenges the foundations of any such debate. This interchange, therefore, is particularly conducive to dropping the usual practice of anonymity.<

Presenting a Biblical case against Sola Scriptura is Gerald Matatics, a former minister in the Presbyterian Church in America and currently a full-time staff apologist for Catholic Answers in San Diego, CA. Mr. Matatics holds a B.A. in classical, NT, and patristic Greek, an M.Div. from Gordon-Conwell Seminary, and is completing his dissertation for a Ph.D. in biblical studies at Westminster Theological Seminary. He, together with his wife and children, was received into the Catholic Church in Easter of 1986.

Presenting a Biblical case for Sola Scriptura is Douglas Jones, an elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and the editor of Antithesis. Mr. Jones holds a B.A. in philosophy from the University of California and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Southern California. He currently teaches Greek at New St. Andrews College and philosophy at the University of Idaho and Lewis-Clark State College.

As usual, the burden of proof in the interchange is placed on the advocate of the affirmative, in this case Mr. Jones. For that reason, Mr. Jones opens and closes the debate.

ISSUE: Does Scripture Teach Sola Scriptura?

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