Human reality of Sacred Scripture.
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Published by Paulist Press in New York .
Written in English


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SeriesConcilium theology in the age of renewal: Scripture,, v. 10, Concilium theology in the age of renewal ;, v. 10.
LC ClassificationsBS540 .H8
The Physical Object
Paginationviii, 212 p.
Number of Pages212
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL5954899M
LC Control Number65028869

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In Sacred Scripture, God speaks to man in a human way. To interpret Scripture correctly, the reader must be attentive to what the human authors truly wanted to affirm, and to what God wanted to reveal to us by their words.   But if the human side of Scripture is taken seriously, we must allow for minor mistakes – to err is human – on the part of the holy writers. Otherwise inspiration is a mechanical dictation. Let Dr. Walther reply, adapting the words of Luther, and of the Formula of Concord, VIII, “Beware, beware, I say, of this ‘divine-human. Finally—a book has been written that solves this human dilemma! It is the most powerful book ever composed on the subject matter. It transcends fantasy and science fiction in its simple presentation of reality and leaves the reader with the most profound perspective of human existence available.   This is the fourth volume in an influential series that presents a basic revaluation of the nature of mysticism. Each provides a collection of solicited papers by noted experts in the study of religion. This new volume will explore how the great mystics and mystical traditions use, interpret, and reconstruct the sacred scriptures of their traditions.

"All Sacred Scripture is but one book, and this one book is Christ, 'because all divine Scripture speaks of Christ, and all divine Scripture is fulfilled in Christ" (CCC ). This does not mean that the Scriptures are divine in the same way that Jesus is divine. Therefore, because Sacred Scripture considers things precisely under the formality of being divinely revealed, whatever has been divinely revealed possesses the one precise formality of the object of this science; and therefore is included under sacred doctrine as under one science.   The art of scripture erased the past because the sacred text is known to be the Word of God, and it had to conform to the moral rules set in ancient times. Hence, Muslims are practicing the moral and social norms of ninth-century Arabian Desert, and the Quran and Hadith are used to justify acts of Jihad-terrorism as a religio/5(96).   In Holy Scripture, as in the Incarnation, creaturely reality is established rather than abolished. We do not need a “docetized” Bible any more than we need a docetic Jesus. In both the Word of God incarnate and the Word of God inscripturated, we have something infinitely better—a Faithful Witness of God in human form.

The thesis of this book is that, while philosophy can be helpful for answering questions the Bible does not answer, two considerations must be made. First, the Bible is not devoid of any metaphysical vision of ultimate reality; it implies one and that is easily discernable if one does not approach the Bible with a wrong assumption (e.g., that. We deny that a book, especially such as the Sacred Scripture, opposes a world of divine thought, the current of life, and spiritual experience. A book is not merely paper printed in ink, but is like a portrait -- a collection of lines and features in which we see the likeness of a person. In composing the sacred books, God chose men and while employed by Him they made use of their powers and abilities, so that with Him acting in them and through them, they, as true authors, consigned to writing everything and only those things which He wanted. The New Age lacks any central scriptures. New Age adherents instead form their own collection of sacred scriptures by drawing from a wide variety of possible texts within the New Age canon.