Sola Scriptura and Interpreting the Bible Badly
Just because someone makes an ignorant or errant observation about the nature of the cosmos doesn’t mean people should be forbidden to practice astronomy or held back from buying telescopes.
The universe itself is the measure of all theories and hypotheses. It will survive the incorrect ones.
Neither is the scientific community the measure of the cosmos. Natural revelation itself remains the norm by which all hypotheses and theories - be they amateur or professional - are normed. And observation rules the day.
To say the natural world is the measure of science does not do away with science or scientists or the need to be trained and well read in order to interpret natural phenomena effectively. But it does mean that even when the scientific community is united on a given theory, that theory remains subject to testing and observation. Nature has a way of upending the scientific community.
In the same way scripture as God’s special revelation, is the norm that norms all other norms. Like the cosmos itself is the measure of all science, so scripture is the measure of all doctrine and interpretation.
This does not do away with the teaching authority of the church but it does establish the fundamental truth that even the church can err and her interpretations, therefore, must not be held sacrosanct.
Accurate interpretation does not mean forbidding “private interpretation” any more than good science forbids backyard telescopes.
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