Saturday, October 08, 2005


... making real progress in their theology. Now this ...
The hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church has published a teaching document instructing the faithful that some parts of the Bible are not actually true.
The way the article is written I can't be sure whether this is a local action or a Vatican action. So, okay, some parts aren't true! Which parts?
  • Who gets to determine which parts?
  • Where do you get your authority to decide which part is not accurate?
  • If not the part I don't like, why do you get to reject the part you don't like?
  • If one part is not accurate, how can I trust the other parts?
  • Is man, who is finite and fallible, qualified to say God, who is infinite and infallible, You got it wrong?
  • Are not ALL the questions raised by Catholic scholars old objections which have been asked and answered again and again?
  • Are not these objections really "apparent" only and not "real" at all?
The article's author, Ruth Gledhill, reveals her personal bias when she writes ...
The document shows how far the Catholic Church has come since the 17th century, when Galileo was condemned as a heretic for flouting a near-universal belief in the divine inspiration of the Bible by advocating the Copernican view of the solar system. [emphasis mine]
Explain to me, in their efforts to please the world, how the following statement will engender faith, hope, and confidence amongst the faithful ...
They say the Church must offer the gospel in ways "appropriate to changing times, intelligible and attractive to our contemporaries".
Then, in an apparent effort to justify themselves, they point a finger of self-righteousness at believers who take a conservative and literal view of Holy Writ ...
They go on to condemn fundamentalism for its "intransigent intolerance" and to warn of "significant dangers" involved in a fundamentalist approach.
They then add insult to injury and go after the USA in general and evangelicals in particular ...
Such an approach is dangerous, for example, when people of one nation or group see in the Bible a mandate for their own superiority, and even consider themselves permitted by the Bible to use violence against others.
These guys are starting to look more like The Jesus Seminar than Christians. I'm so disheartened at this point you'll have to go read the rest for yourself.

Others reporting: Religion News Blog and Game Planet Forums

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