“Tradition in the church, then, is a process of gift and reception in which the deposit of faith — the teaching and ethics of the Christian community — is recieved, interpreted and handed on through time. As such, when it is true giving and reception, it realises the Father’s giving of his Son, the Son’s self-giving to death and indeed the very life of God of which they are the economic expression. It is for reasons such as this that we should maintain a strong view of the centrality of the particulars with have been handed down to us, to and through the biblical writers, but a less enthusiastic endorsement of the ways in which the authority of the exponents of that tradition has intruded upon its due and non-coercive transmission. Churchly authority has not always taken the form of the authority of grace, and all too often has taken the form of the expression of coercive power. The conclusion to draw is that the greater weight one can throw upon the faith once for all delivered to the saints, by which is mean the confession of Jesus and his meaning as the revelation of God, found like in the apostolic preaching and rules of faith, the less we have to trust in the judgment of offices, whether Holy or Protestant administrative. It is a recipe, one might say, either for chaos or for allowing the wheat and the tares to grow together until the harvest, Thus truth is indeed the daughter of time: the time God gives his church for faithful reception and transmission of the gospel.”
–Colin Gunton, A Brief Theology of Revelation (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1995), 103-104.