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02 Use and Abuse of the Bible
Overview of chapter two:
This chapter begins with a brief survey of some classic statements of the authority of the Bible within Christianity: Roman Catholic, Anglican and South Baptist.
This is followed by a brief history of biblical interpretation (pp. 18–23).
The dark side of the Bible is briefly surveyed (pp. 23–27): sacred violence, racism, slavery, gender, sexuality, apocalyptic eschatology, and mortality.
This is balanced by a brief consideration of some of the positive ways that the Bible can function (pp. 27–29).
The concluding cameo offers a reflection on Psalm 137, one of the most difficult of the Psalms for many contemporary readers.
of particular relevance to this chapter include:
Catholic Church Documents
The Interpretation of the Bible in the Life of the Church
(Pontifical Biblical Commission)
Divino Afflante Spiritu
The Articles of Religion
Baptist Faith and Message
Ignatius of Antioch
(R. E. Torrey)
Left Behind Series
(Institute for the Study of Christian Zionism)
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