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Sunday, October 09, 2005

The Gift of Scripture

Lito, a Reformed over at Extra Nos, blogs about the release of the book "The Gift of Scripture" at this the 40th anniversary of the encyclical Dei Verbum. His blog links off to perhaps what started a new round of condemnation from our Protestant brethren about how the Catholic Church is trashing the inerrancy of Scripture. I repeat here what I posted at Lito's comment boxes: I have not read the book "The Gift of Scripture" nor "Verbum Dei" (should be "Dei Verbum", the encyclical) just yet, so I can't comment, and I'd only comment on the book in question, not the article. I wouldn't, not from reading an obviously biased secular source like Times Online UK. A good reading of the article is a giveaway: secular bias, axe to grind against American right, axe to grind against "Intelligent Design" which is a scientific theory, not a Biblical exegesis, etc. Grain of salt. And don't trust mainstream media too far. They don't know what they're talking about. For the Catholic Church to believe that parts of the Bible are untrue is ridiculous in light of what the Church says (edited from "has said before") about Scriptures, e.g., from the Catechism, calling it inerrant, inspired and revealed. Which part of inerrant needs to be explained? I suggest reading what the book actually says rather than believing a secular writer for mainstream media. They're after Intelligent Design proponents, which includes the Catholic Church. But.. the writer (referring to the Times Online article) obviously didn't know that. :P Luckily, Dei Verbum is available online here.

3 comments:

Jeff Tan said...

Mark Shea noticed the bias too. Not to mention the --- uh.. lack of understanding. I'm trying to not say something that is not nice.

To anybody who wonders, I said "luckily Dei Verbum is online" because, unfortunately, "The Gift of Scripture" is not online.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing how much blogging is being done about this, because it's nothing new ...

Jeff Tan said...

He he... true.. but silence might get misconstrued. I for one wouldn't want people to think that we tolerate (a) shabby and dishonest journalism and (b) misrepresentation of the Church.