The Rorate piece carried a picture of a book being consumed by flames with the caption: "Caution: 2,000-year-old book being 'developed.'" Pretty hard to miss his point. So what's the issue here?
Noir's email carried an excerpt from a Protestant blog exhibiting some significant slippage from the traditional idea of an inerrant Bible. But this was preceded by Noir's own comment: "Here is this PROTESTANT blog reflecting the regaining [sic] CATHOLIC mindset, coming perhaps to an official document near you ..."
Then come's Noir's ramble:“IS THE BIBLE INERRANT? | IS GOD VIOLENT?”
*Is it OK to question?*
-Is the Bible the “Word of God” and free from error? If so, how does one come to that conclusion?
-What role do assumptions and presuppositions have in our belief system?
-How does one reconcile the violent and retributive God of the Old Testament with the life and teachings of Jesus?
Whenever a “new” idea is proposed to a community, the questions one can ask are:
“IS IT POSSIBLE?”
Listen in as Joshua Tongol shares his heart and answers questions on this very subject. It might give you a different perspective on things.
Question: Is this not exactly the idea you would hear form most Catholics today, and is this not also exactly opposite of the ideas presented in Providentissimus Deus? To my ears it sounds lifted almost straight from one of any of several Joseph Ratzinger passages. And it all raises again the question of whether the Bible sits under the Church or the Church sits under the Bible, how so, and to what extent. Writing off Old Testament violence wholesale -- Wrath, The Flood, Judgement via Active Violence -- however, certainly seems to suggest the latter. "We don't like this, it can't be good, it seems anti-New Testament, so it most certainly is not inspired." Which would suggest we jettison the better part of the history of Israel, if we were honest. Not too mention the theologizing of 90 percent of the historical papacy.Well it's not hard to see how the followers of "Pope" Joshua Tongol reach such a pass, but what can we say of Catholics? Could more than a handful of Catholic Bible scholars today be said to endorse the view of Scripture found in Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical? Why is this?