What is Traditional Christianity?

We offer the following list as a definition of what Traditional Christians share in common:

  • Adhere to the Nicene Creed.
  • An active member of a Christian community that models itself upon the Early Church (male leadership, scripture readings, regular communion, and trinitarian baptism).
  • A supporter of private property and the rule of law.
  • Complementarian and patriarchal.
  • A promoter of the common good and believer in natural law.
  • Sola gratia and a rejection of antinomianism and legalism.
  • Biblical inerrancy and belief that scripture is the revealed word of God
14 Responses “What is Traditional Christianity?” →
  1. Hi! I’m new to this blog. I convert to Catholicism as an adult and completely love my renewed Christian faith (I was raised going to Methodist or Presbyterian churches on a semi-regular basis). The 2 years spent learning about and embracing the traditions and doctrine were the beginning of my spiritual rebirth.
    Any who, I have a question about Biblical inerrancy. According to my handy-dandy browser extension dictionary tool, it is defined as “exempt from error” and “not prone to error.” Do you mean a literal interpretation of the Bible? For instance, the book of Genesis can be revealed truth about human nature and the wedge sin creates between ourselves and God. But understand the message was not intended to be a scientific or historically factual text book.
    “To begin with, we should always be disposed to follow the teaching authority of the Church. We should also consult renowned Bible scholars who are experts in Hebrew literature. Sometimes, it is secular science which gives Christians the lead to reconsider their Bible understanding. The discoveries of Copernicus and Galileo made Christians aware that Genesis 1 is not a sacred lesson in science but a poem on creation (no. 7). Most scientists hold that the human species has developed somehow from lower kinds of life. This knowledge helped Christians to understand that Genesis 2 and 3 is not a lesson in Anthropology, but an allegory, teaching us the lesson that sin is the root of all evil.”
    This is from the New American Bible, Saint Joseph Edition, in the introductory text (a very helpful resource I’ve found invaluable to appreciating Scripture. I only discovered this through becoming a Catholic and opening the Bible I was given).
    Would this approach be acceptable to the position of Biblical inerrancy?
    Thanks! I’d love to find a community of women who share my value of both Scripture and the pursuit of studying the beauty of His magnificent creation (which includes us!).

  2. Do you mean a literal interpretation of the Bible?

    We’re not all in agreement about that, actually. I don’t believe in a completely literal interpretation, and neither do some others, but some of the other people here do. This has long been a disagreement within Traditional Christianity, so we don’t consider it an exclusionary topic.

    For reference: https://traditionalchristianity.wordpress.com/2011/11/19/the-immaterial-sciences/

  3. OMG!
    Thank you for linking that thread, Alte!
    So wonderful to read individuals who are basically writing my thoughts 🙂
    I accidentally stumbled into an atheist community online over the past few years. (Long story. Maybe another time). Actually, it is a “skeptic” group. But whatever theoretical difference between skepticism and atheism there is, the “community” no longer cares about the distinction. Occasionally one of the celebrity skeptics will bring up the topic, but it’s met with a lot of hostility. It’s sad though. Critical thinking is a valuable tool for evaluating many things. But it doesn’t prove that there’s no God.
    I need a reality check. Most people perceive and can conceive God. They refuse to or can’t.There is nothing “wrong” with my thinking.

    I’m going back to finish reading that thread. Thanks again!
    This blog is pleasure to find.

  4. You’re welcome. 🙂

  5. Trusting this message will reach Elspeth…your post on Traditionally Conservative Feminism was WONDERFUL. I have tried to explain the inroads feminism is making into churches to family members (conservative!) but they don’t get it…from now on I will just give them a copy of your post and say, “Read this!” God bless you and your work.

  6. Todd Lewis

    July 25, 2013

    “An active member of a Christian community that models itself upon the Early Church (male leadership, scripture readings, regular communion, and trinitarian baptism).”

    What exactly do you mean by Early Church? The term encapsulates an era stretching from 100 to 700 or 800 AD depending on the historian. The moral code you mentioned was constant throughout that era, but many things did change Constantine’s legalization of Christianity; Theodosious and Christianity become the official religion of the empire; the theological divergence between Western (Augustinian thought) and Eastern (Cappadocian (Basil the Great etc.) thought) etc.

    I favor a Early Church Christianity, I’m just not sure you go early enough. A lot of Protestants and Catholics will call Augustine ‘early’ and start with him, but really he is not early. There was already three centuries of Christianity before him.

    “Sola gratia and a rejection of antinomianism and legalism.”

    Sola Gratia sounds protestant. A lot of protestant theology really does not jibe with Early Christianity.

    There are a lot of distinctives between the denominations within faith such as free will vs divine sovereignty, pacifism and war, iconoclasm and iconoclude etc. Where do you fall down on these issues?

    Due you adhere to the teachings of the Apostolic Fathers, Mathetes, Polycarp and Clement of Rome; Justin the Martyr, Tertullian, Cyprian, Irenaeus etc.? If not than how can you claim to follow Early Christianity?

    Lastly what denomination if any do you follow?

  7. What does private property have to do with traditional Christianity?

  8. Emrys Myrddin

    August 20, 2013

    “What does private property have to do with traditional Christianity?”

    Thou shalt not steal.

    The social commandments imply certain rights in the negative (i.e. Thou Shalt Not Steal doesn’t imply that I have a right to property, but it *does* imply that others have an obligation not to take my property, which is effectively a right to property.)

    Thus, Don’t Steal implies a right to property, Don’t Murder implies a right to life, Don’t Commit Adultery implies a right to fidelity, and Don’t Bear False Witness implies a right to just trials. Not a right over and against God — He is free to take these things as he chooses. But a right *from* God over and against other men, as he will take vengeance upon those who act against you in these manners.

  9. Emrys Myrddin

    August 20, 2013

    “Any who, I have a question about Biblical inerrancy. According to my handy-dandy browser extension dictionary tool, it is defined as “exempt from error” and “not prone to error.” Do you mean a literal interpretation of the Bible? ”

    Obviously, I can’t speak for the owners of the blog, but I think the standard definition of inerrancy is that when it is understood as the original authors meant it to be understood, it is without error.

    This does leave some room for debate, e.g. whether a given passage was meant by its author as poetry meant to illustrate a theological point, or else history meant to relate a sequence of actual events. However, there is very little question as the the genre and intention of the vast majority of the scriptures.

  10. Nicoletta

    August 18, 2014

    Do “traditional Christians” have a sacerdotal class that preys on children? (I know that one is tough to blame on feminists.)

  11. Nicoletta, you mean like public school teachers, who have a higher rate of child-preying than religious orders? (I know that one is tough to blame on Christians).

  12. Sherry

    May 18, 2015

    Thank you for posting this! I just discovered this site and it is refreshing that others share the traditional truth of Christianity.

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