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date: 29 November 2020

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In Christian thought and practice, tradition serves to link present life and witness of the Church to the original witness of the Apostles. It is something like a bridge thrown across the chasm of time. The question is whether or not the connection forged in fact connects the present life and teaching of the Church to the original witness to Jesus in a way that is faithful. To put the matter in another way, in Christian thought the question addressed by the notion of tradition is how the Church is to remain faithful to the original witness of the Apostles and at the same time address in a cogent way the changes and chances of history. This article discusses the content of tradition, the processes by which tradition is to be passed on, tradition embedded in practice, and tradition as generative matrix.

Keywords: Christian thought, Christian tradition, Church, Apostles

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