Saturday, April 21, 2012

TSP 19: John Bergsma on the Bible in Catholic Theology

John Bergsma and I discuss the role of the Bible in Catholic Theology, highlighting a new document from the International Theological Commission.

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TSP 19: John Bergsma on the Bible in Catholic Theology

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4 comments:

John Bergsma said...

Hey, the podcast was just as much "Michael Barber on the Bible in Catholic Theology," so why am I being singled out? :)

De Maria said...

As for me, I have discovered that understanding the Traditions of the Catholic Church are absolutely necessary for understanding the Scriptures.

If we don't understand the Traditions of the Church, we are in danger of misunderstanding the Teaching of Scripture. Because Scripture and Tradition are one Word of God.

This, I think, is the error of the Protestants, who, having abandoned Tradition, have no anchor to keep them from blowing with every wind of doctrine.

The authority of the Church, is in my opinion, a Tradition passed down by Jesus Christ.

Sincerely,

De Maria

De Maria said...

Hi again,

I was a bit concerned about something which I thought you said in the podcast. I understood you to quote Pope Benedict saying, "Scripture is the soul of Theology". Perhaps I heard it wrong. But in any event, by the end of the podcast, that was the definite impression I had.

Whereas, Zenit quotes Pope Benedict as having said, 'The Pontiff emphasized the importance of the commission's focus, as it "concerns not only believers, but the Church herself, because the Church's life and mission necessarily rest upon the Word of God, which is the soul of theology and, at the same time, the inspiration of all of Christian life.'"

In my opinion, that makes a world of difference in the interpretation of what our Holy Father was expressing.

Did I misunderstand you?

Sincerely,

De Maria

De Maria said...

Oh, I see. That comes from Dei Verbum, "For the Sacred Scriptures contain the word of God and since they are inspired really are the word of God; and so the study of the sacred page is, as it were, the soul of sacred theology."

Sorry. But I still feel as though anyone who studies Scripture first, without getting a firm background in Sacred Tradition, is putting the cart before the horse,
23. The bride of the incarnate Word, the Church taught by the Holy Spirit, is concerned to move ahead toward a deeper understanding of the Sacred Scriptures so that she may increasingly feed her sons with the divine words. Therefore, she also encourages the study of the holy Fathers of both East and West and of sacred liturgies. Catholic exegetes then and other students of sacred theology, working diligently together and using appropriate means, should devote their energies, under the watchful care of the sacred teaching office of the Church, to an exploration and exposition of the divine writings. This should be so done that as many ministers of the divine word as possible will be able effectively to provide the nourishment of the Scriptures for the people of God, to enlighten their minds, strengthen their wills, and set men's hearts on fire with the love of God. (1) The sacred synod encourages the sons of the Church and Biblical scholars to continue energetically, following the mind of the Church, with the work they have so well begun, with a constant renewal of vigor. (2)

24. Sacred theology rests on the written word of God, together with sacred tradition, as its primary and perpetual foundation. By scrutinizing in the light of faith all truth stored up in the mystery of Christ, theology is most powerfully strengthened and constantly rejuvenated by that word. For the Sacred Scriptures contain the word of God and since they are inspired really are the word of God; and so the study of the sacred page is, as it were, the soul of sacred theology.....


Sincerely,

De Maria