I ran accross something rather interesting today. Earlier I defined sola scriptura in this manner, expecting it to cause a bit of a stir because from my understanding this definition would be more on the Lutheran end of the spectrum. Thessalonian says: "Sola Scriptura says that the Bible, the written word of God is the final authority in religious matters." Now Lisa respoinded to my post and hit me right between the eyes with: "Really? Sola equals final?" Then she says: "This is rich you scorn a non-RC who dares to enlighten you on the facts, yet you consider yourself qualified to define our beliefs for us." (interestingly enough I noticed DHK (a Protestant) used the same definition. As in, you stupid Catholic, you don't even know what Sola Scriptura means. Then Helen comes along: "Sola Scriptura means the Bible is the FINAL authority, not the only authority, first of all. In other words, if there is a disagreement between what the Bible says and what any other authority says, the Bible wins. It is the final authority." Note the caps on that word FINAL. She's pretty sure about this. Interestingly enough Curtis has been using a working definition that if it isn't in scripture then you can't believe it. This may be on the spectrum of Lisa's definition but I am not sure. But it does not allow for items that are not in scripture but are not contrary to scripture. So the question is what is the offical infallible definition of Sola Scriptura? You should at least be able to all agree on that I would hope. I will just sit back and let you Protestants work this out. Blessings.