On Papal Absurdity [by Dr. Gordon H. Clark]

[Since I’ve been spending time with the newest Diaz addition – Noah Thomas Diaz – I’ve been mostly catching up on reading, writing very little. Lord willing, I will posting my own stuff on Wednesday. But until then, here is an awesome refutation of the Romanist doctrine of “Papal Infallibility” from the late Dr. Gordon H. Clark.]

“How does the Pope […] justify his demand for an infallible interpreter [of Scripture]?

Suppose it were true that an infallible text required an infallible interpreter. Then, of course, the Bible would require a papal encyclical for its interpretation. But since the encyclical, on this theory, is itself an infallible text, it too requires an infallible interpreter. Whoever this might be, his interpretation, also infallible, would require another infallible interpreter; and so on ad infinitum.

Obviously the papal claim […] is absurd.”

(God’s Hammer: The Bible and Its Critics, p. 114)

-h.

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2 thoughts on “On Papal Absurdity [by Dr. Gordon H. Clark]

  1. Heather says:

    Happy Congratulations to you and yours :)

    Interesting that the Infallible Interpreter of Scripture is not identified as the Holy Spirit.
    It’s also a little disturbing that even though claims of Papal infallibility don’t make much sense, how easily I am still drawn to look for that one human being or Christian sect which has “all” the answers lined up.

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  2. Hiram says:

    Thanks, Heather :)

    I understand where you’re coming from; I think there are two equal and opposite errors with regard to authority. These are:

    1. Assuming all authority to one’s self.
    2. Ascribing all authority to someone else besides Christ.

    The Truth is that in so far as we are in agreement with the Scriptures and allowing them to speak for themselves, we wield a kind of authority as spiritual priests holding men accountable to God for their neglect of His Law and their hatred of His sacrificial provision for the sins of His people.

    Beyond this, though, I can’t see anything in Scripture that justifies the tom-foolery of the big-man on Rome’s campus.

    I think it might be due to the fact that we are sinners with remaining corruption, and the Word of God commands us to Study to show ourselves approved, that we succumb to either one of these errors. It’s a lot easier to be spoon-fed theology, never really do our own thinking, and thereby neglect loving God with all of our mind.

    That’s why I praise God for the stint I spent in a cult. I was ridiculously spiritually lazy up while there — until, that is, I HAD to study or lose myself to the power trips of a megalomaniac.

    Count it all joy, my brothers, when you enter into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces….fruit.

    -h.

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