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Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 04.12.12 |
This is part of a continued series of posts on fundamental issues in Catholic doctrine of Scripture. Building on previous discussions of Catholic inspiration and interpretation, we propose here a six-step streamlined overview of the process of Catholic exegesis. Comments are welcome below.
The points made above about the interpretation of the literal and spiritual senses of Scripture may be… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 04.03.12 |
This is part of an on-going series discussing the fundamentals of Catholic doctrine of Scripture. The topic for this post is interpretation. Click here to read the previous post.
Self-conscious reflection on the proper methods of interpretation of Scripture began already with the early Church Fathers. One of the most definitive patristic statements on interpretation is St. Augustine’s De Doctrina… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 03.20.12 |
This is part of a continuing series of posts on the fundamental Catholic doctrines of Scripture. It picks up from my last post in inspiration, only dealing now with the relationship between human and divine in the composition of Scripture.
Divine and Human Authorship
The Catholic doctrine of inspiration is commonly understood to entail that God is the primary author of Scripture, and the sacred… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 03.09.12 |
This is part of a series of posts on the fundamental doctrine of Scripture within the Catholic Church.
The fundamental conviction of the Church, relying on the faith of the Apostles, is that the Scriptures, in all their parts, are “inspired” or “breathed” by God, in such a way that God can truly be said to be their author.
2 Tim. 3:16 - All scripture is inspired by God and profitable… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 03.01.12 |
We continue this series of posts on the basics of Catholic understanding of revelation, now moving from natural revelation to supernatural revelation.
In addition to the revelation of God available in nature, God has also communicated directly with mankind through history, which may be called supernatural revelation. Supernatural revelation communicates to humanity truths… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 02.27.12 |
Natural revelation refers to God’s self-disclosure in creation, through the things that have been made. Scripture and magisterial teaching are equally clear and emphatic that the knowledge of the existence of God and his basic attributes can be achieved by human reason reflecting on the created order:
- The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.
- Day to day pours… [Continue Reading]
Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 02.15.12 |
The Canon of the Old Testament in the Days of Jesus
Posted by Dr. John Bergsma on 11.10.11 |
Some months ago on this blog, we had a discussion about the role of the Papacy in the Church and specifically with respect to the interpretation of Scripture.
I keep coming back to the Pope’s homily upon assuming the Chair of Peter in St. John Lateran (7 May 2005).
(St. John Lateran is, of course, the Cathedral of Rome—not St. Peter’s in the Vatican. St. John Lateran is the official church of the… [Continue Reading]