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Old 23rd November 2006, 08:35 PM
Ron Conte Ron Conte is offline
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Default Inerrancy of the Bible - a Catholic view

1. Everything asserted by the sacred writers must be held to be asserted by the Holy Spirit, therefore all such assertions must be entirely true.

2. Divine inspiration extends to every part of the Bible without the slightest exception, and so no error can occur in the inspired text.

3. Immunity from error does not extend only to those parts of the Bible that treat of God or of moral and religious matters.

4. Divine inspiration extends to all of Sacred Scripture, making all its parts, each and every one, free from every error.

5. Some verses assert various truths using figurative language, but whatever is in fact asserted as true, once the figure is properly understood, is certainly true.

"The tricky part is figuring out what is an assertion and what isn't. Scripture is a complex and rich text that uses many different means of conveying God's truth. Since some of these involve ancient modes of writing and speech that are not used in 21st century English literature, it isn't always clear to us what precisely is being asserted. Indeed, Scripture acknowledges that it isn't always clear, as when St. Peter notes that St. Paul's writings contain many things that are hard to understand (2 Pet. 3:16)." (

6. Therefore, the correct interpretation of Dei Verbum is that Scripture cannot contain any errors, neither on matters that pertain to salvation, or that pertain to faith and morals, or on any other subject about which Scripture makes an assertion. Yes, on any and all subjects, Scripture is infallible.
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