The place of Scripture in the Covenant
- What is the status of Scripture in the Covenant?
- What relationship does Scripture have to the other basic elements of Anglicanism set out in the affirmations of Section 1.1?
- What duties does the Covenant place on its signatories in their decision making or in their failure to take decisions? And
- Are there any constraints on the manner of interpretation of Scripture?
- Could any biblical argument be sufficient under the Covenant? If not, what other factors would be necessary for it to be persuasive?
(1.1.3) the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as containing all things necessary for salvation and as being the rule and ultimate standard of faith
uphold and proclaim a pattern of Christian theological and moral reasoning and discipline that is rooted in and answerable to the teaching of Holy Scripture and the catholic tradition. (1.2.2)
to hear, read, mark, learn and inwardly digest the Scriptures in our different contexts, informed by the attentive and communal reading of - and costly witness to - the Scriptures by all the faithful, by the teaching of bishops and synods, and by the results of rigorous study by lay and ordained scholars.
to ensure that biblical texts are received, read and interpreted faithfully, respectfully, comprehensively and coherently, with the expectation that Scripture continues to illuminate and transform the Church and its members, and through them, individuals, cultures and societies. (1.2.5)
to seek a shared mind with other Churches, through the Communion’s councils, about matters of common concern, in a way consistent with the Scriptures, the common standards of faith, and the canon laws of our churches. Each Church will undertake wide consultation with the other Churches of the Anglican Communion and with the Instruments and Commissions of the Communion. (3.2.4)