The role of tradition in a Protestant/Reformed theology is much broader and deeper than I can ever hope to go into here.
On the one hand there are Roman Catholics and other unbelievers who ignorantly mock the notion that Word and Spirit lead us into all truth because of the supposed abundance of disagreements within the Church.
On the other hand there are Roman Catholics and other unbelievers who piously shun the notion that Word and Spirit lead us to make such unflinchingly dogmatic affirmations of particular doctrines within the Church.
So it is a lose-lose situation for Roman Catholics …
As the Reformed Baptist pastor, apologist, and author Dr. James White says so well, “the people most enslaved by their traditions are those who believe they don’t have any.”
This is simply to say that we come to the text of Scripture, along with everything else, with presuppositions about how we should interpret it. We don’t read the Scripture in a vacuum, or in some neutral fashion, because according to Scripture, it’s impossible, as we will see in a quote from Van Til.
So why is the Reformed tradition superior? Well, it certainly isn’t because of the men who subscribe …