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A limit of inerrancy

The Bible is inerrant, but we are not: This is a fundamental proposition held by both Protestant literalists and by the Catholic Church. Both groups agree that the Bible is inspired by God such that all that Holy Scripture affirms

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Posted in Apologetics, Catechism, Scripture

Protestant Infallible Interpretation, Part 3

Last time, we ended with a question that becomes necessary as a consequence of certain opinions that were held by (for example) Martin Luther: to wit, that the Holy Spirit helps a person to correctly interpret the Bible. The question

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Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Epistemology, Infallibility, Protestantism, Scripture, Solo Scriptura

Protestant Infallible Interpretation, Part 2

In our last episode, I examined the Reformed/Presbyterian notion that Scripture is the “infallible interpreter” of Scripture. This model of exegesis does not work, I argued, because the Bible is an object and objects do not interpret themselves. Interpretation is

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Posted in Apologetics, Calvinism, Epistemology, Fides et Ratio, Infallibility, Protestantism, Solo Scriptura

Infallibility is Essential

In this post my aim is to present a brief biblical defense of the doctrine of ecclesial infallibility. I do not intend to be particularly technical: what I mean for the purposes of this post by “the doctrine of ecclesial

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Posted in Apologetics, Infallibility, Scripture

The Woman of Revelation 12

A contentious subject betwixt Protestants and Catholics focuses on the identity of the Woman of Revelation 12: 1 Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman, robed with the sun, standing on the moon, and on her head a

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Posted in Blessed Virgin, Ecclesiology, Faith Seeking Understanding, Scripture

Sally Sparrow reads Ecclesiastes

I am a Whovian, and one of my favorite episodes is the über-classic “Blink”. It guest stars Carey Mulligan as the unfortunately-named Sally Sparrow who stumbles across some unexpectedly personal graffiti. The usual timey-wimey hijinks ensue. The episode is brilliant,

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Posted in Etc, Scripture, Trust Your Doctor

Short argument for merit

He who plants and he who waters are equal, and each shall receive his wages according to his labor. [1 Corinthians 3:8] Yet God merely crowns the merits He gives us: What have you that you did not receive? [1

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Newman Quote of the Day

Protestantism treats Scripture just as [scientists] deal with Nature; it takes the sacred text as a large collection of phenomena, from which, by an inductive process, each individual Christian may arrive at just those religious conclusions which approve themselves to

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Posted in Apologetics, Protestantism

The Church is Steward of Revelation

When I was a Protestant I was regularly frustrated by the fact that publishing houses and other non-ecclesial bodies had effectively assumed stewardship of the Bible. Publishers own copyrights on various translations, and Bible societies do the same. I was

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Posted in Dei Verbum, Lumen Gentium, Magisterium, Revelation, Scripture, Vatican II

The Catholic Appeal to Scripture

In a thread at the Protestant (and excellently-named) blog Green Baggins a Presbyterian commenter opines of the Catholic paradigm: There is no room for “asking what the Bible says” on any matter of serious importance in this paradigm. The freedom

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Posted in Apologetics, Doings on other blogs, Epistemology, Fides et Ratio, Protestantism, Revelation, Scripture, Solo Scriptura
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