Catholic and Conservative views on the Bible

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  • Bible's Authority
    • Catholic View: Catholics believe that The Holy Spirit inspired the writers of the Bible as well as the people who decided which texts had been intended by God to be in the New Testament. The authority of the Church is seen to be higher than the Bible's authority and the Church tells its followers what they should believe about the words in the Bible for example 'The Doctrine of the Trinity' where the Church interprets and defines the trinity.
      • Advantages: Some parts can be seen as symbolic or poetry. The book does not need to be interpreted literally and there is room for discussion.
        • Disadvantages: There is an inconsistency as the Church seem to pick and choose what is symbolic and literal. For example, it is okay for a Catholic to think the creation story is symbolic but not the virgin birth or the resurrection as the Church itself as claimed that these parts of the Bible are literal.
    • Conservative View: This view is held by many Protestants. They believe that the authors of the Bible were inspired by God and that authority comes directly from God and not from the Church. They accept human errors and that some of the Bible may be out of date for example - Slavery. They think that as a whole the Bible is transmitting history but parts are myth - Adam and Eve.
      • Advantages: This view takes the Bible seriously and the idea of the authors divine inspiration means a believer will not dismiss certain parts/passages because they merely dislike them.
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  • Conservative View: This view is held by many Protestants. They believe that the authors of the Bible were inspired by God and that authority comes directly from God and not from the Church. They accept human errors and that some of the Bible may be out of date for example - Slavery. They think that as a whole the Bible is transmitting history but parts are myth - Adam and Eve.
    • Advantages: This view takes the Bible seriously and the idea of the authors divine inspiration means a believer will not dismiss certain parts/passages because they merely dislike them.
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