I’d never heard of Thomas Merton before my wife sent me a link to an interesting post on him:
There are parts of of the article I love. One line, however, I found disconcerting:
A sola scriptura ecclesiology easily leads to an iconoclastic view of history. Or to say it another way, if you skip over two thousand years and use Acts as a blueprint to recreate a pure church, your cloud of witnesses will be on the small side. That’s the tradition I grew up with, and it left many people feeling untethered.
I believe some touting sola scripture ecclesiology are iconoclastic, narrow-minded pharisees. No doubt. But to say that sola scriptura “easily” leads to issues any more than those who don’t have the bedrock of Scripture as their base is ridiculous.
That being said, I highly recommend reading the blog post and letting the rest of what he has to share soak in. I might just need to read a little more about and from this Thomas Merton character.