Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Times Square, NYC by Rich McGervey
Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Times Square, NYC by Rich McGervey via Flickr

In theology, tradition is a religious teaching disseminated throughout a body of believers, usually by an authoritative figure or an appointed body.

Tradition is often said to be based on scripture and tensions usually arise due to different scriptural interpretations within or among sects.

In Catholicism, Sacred Tradition is described as knowledge that is complementary to the Bible, disseminated by Church authorities and believed to arise through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. That is, both the Bible and Sacred Tradition are divinely revealed.¹

Orthodox Christians, however, interpret several issues differently within their own sacred tradition, most notably on issues of married clergy and the selection of bishops.

¹ See

On the Web:

  • “In this issue of T&D we look at the catechism of the Catholic church and how it stands against God’s word the bible. Who is standing on the truth? Is it okay to follow “traditions”? What does the bible say about these? Are there any conflicts between the two?” (hetgow)


  • The problem with apostolic tradition. Dale Brown compares Roman tradition with biblical Christianity. Interview with Catholic priest and ex-Catholic Christian missionary” (apologiamixer)

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