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Abstract

This article examines whether two of the apostolic fathers, Clement of Rome and Ignatius of Antioch, believed the Bible is sufficient for salvation and progressive sanctification. It also explores their views on whether the Bible should be supplemented by phenomena such as extra-biblical revelations, popes, creeds, councils, and the like. The article concludes that because of Clement's consistent use of Scripture and his emphasis on doctrinal transmission it is feasible to suppose that he held to the doctrine of biblical sufficiency. Likewise, since Ignatius emphasized doctrinal transmission and pleaded that churches remain faithful to what the apostles taught, it is also feasible to suppose that Ignatius held to the doctrine of biblical sufficiency.