[Scripture, tradition and reason are] "not like three different bookshelves, each of which can be ransacked for answers to key questions. Rather, scripture is the bookshelf; tradition is the memory of what people in the house have read and understood…from that shelf; and reason is the set of spectacles that people wear in order to make sense of what they read..."

source: N.T. Wright, The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture, tags: Tradition, Bible