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Colossians 2:8 – What are the “traditions of men” that Paul warns Christians against? – Dr. Jim Papandrea

October 19, 2016 No Comments


One of the verses most commonly used to argue against the Catholic Church is St. Paul’s admonition in his letter to the Colossians to not be led astray by “empty philosophies” and the “traditions of men.” To what traditions is St. Paul referring?  And if Sacred Scripture springs forth from the tradition of its being reverenced in the liturgy, is Paul arguing against the use of the Bible itself?  Dr. Jim Papandrea, a professor of Church History at Garret-Evangelical Seminary on the Campus of Northwestern University, looks at the implications of this controversial teaching from St. Paul.

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