Keith Mathison clearly investigates the development of this doctrine from the days of the early church to the fourth-century assault on it, from its recovery during the Reformation to the relativism and individualism that permeates it in today's teaching. In addition, Mathison demonstrates that the widespread misunderstanding of the doctrine of sola Scriptura is eroding the church from within, fueling conversions from Protestantism to other religions, and undermining the relationship among Scripture, church tradition, and individual believers as set forth by the early church and restated by the Reformers.
"The issue of sola Scriptura is not an abstract problem relevant only to the sixteenth century Reformation, but one that poses increasingly more serious consequences for contemporary Christianity. This work by Keith Mathison is the finest and most comprehensive treatment of the matter I have ever seen. I highly recommend it to all who embrace the authority of sacred Scripture."
“This exposition of the Protestant doctrine is more than a mere history lesson on the battles of the Reformation, more even than an exploration of a sound doctrine of Scripture. It includes as well a sound, historical and biblical exposition of how we must value the wisdom of our fathers, the insight of the church, while submitting ultimately to God’s inerrant Word.”
—R.C. Sproul Jr.