Say the Catholic bishops of England, Wales and Scotland:
We should not expect to find in Scripture full scientific accuracy or complete historical precision.Seemingly, this document has been approved by the Pope, and will be disseminated throughout the world.
The bishops' document was recently presented in Rome at the Congress to celebrate the forty years of Dei Verbum, and to Pope Benedict. The delegates to that Congress, gathered from every continent, will ensure widespread distribution of The Gift of Scripture. The document deserves the same wide distribution in our own countries.This truly is a peculiar document. The bishops state that The Bible is true in passages relating to human salvation, but say that,
We should not expect total accuracy from the Bible in other, secular matters.That's a little confusing to me. So basically they're saying that they have the special ability to determine now almost 2,000 years after most of the New Testament was written exactly what is right and what is wrong in the Bible? That does not seem logical or plausible. Shouldn't it either be true or untrue in totality? How can it be God's word if it's not?
This position, of course, is exactly opposite that of fundamentalist Christians who believe the Bible is inerrant. The bishops, however, go on to condemn fundamentalism for its “intransigent intolerance” and to warn of “significant dangers” involved in a fundamentalist approach. "Such an approach is dangerous," they say, as it may cause some people to feel they have a mandate.
Stunningly, in the foreward, the authors say,
People today are searching for what is worthwhile, what has real value, what can be trusted and what is really true.I ask, is this really helping people find the truth?