The Creed as a Rule of Faith

Thomas answers the classic evangelical objection that the Creed might supplant Scripture as a rule of faith:

ita quod ad eliciendum fidei veritatem ex sacra Scriptura requiritur longum studium et exercitium, ad quod non possunt pervenire omnes illi quibus necessarium est cognoscere fidei veritatem, quorum plerique, aliis negotiis occupati, studio vacare non possunt. Et ideo fuit necessarium ut ex sententiis sacrae Scripturae aliquid manifestum summarie colligeretur quod proponeretur omnibus ad credendum (IIa IIae, 1, 8, ad 1).

Far from an imperialist implement of clerical hegemony, the Creed is a democratizing tool in the Church — it offers an interpretive key to the impenetrable labyrinth of Scripture. It is also a communal tool, as against the heroic individualism required of sola scriptura exegetes.

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