A Catholic Blogger recently posted this interesting piece:
"There was a lot of good discussion on my post last week - Friday Fast Fact: The Big Bang Theory. But a few points came up there and in some other responses that are important to clarify and remember as Catholics.
A lot of Christians say that they believe in the biblical Genesis story, rather than the “Big Bang” theory. Of course, such a statement presents a false dichotomy. It implies that the theory of the Big Bang necessarily contradicts the biblical account of creation. That is not true.
Those that believe in a scientifically literal interpretation of the book of Genesis are known as “creationists” or “fundamentalists.” And they can basically hold those views and be in perfectly good standing with the Church. However, we must leave room for other interpretations of Genesis that are still consistent with the doctrine of Jesus’ Church. Especially when the light of reason leads us there.
Read it all here.
According to this Catholic blogger, those who insist on a literal interpretation of Genesis 1-3 are in good standing with the Church. Actually, the Catholic Church discourages concordism, recognizing the inherent dangers of such an approach.
Interestingly, the person who has best articulated the dangers of concordism isn't Catholic. He is a professor of Old Testament at Wheaton College (Illinois). Here is what he has to say: "If we accept Genesis 1 as ancient cosmology, then we need to interpret it as ancient cosmology rather than translate it into modern cosmology. If we try to turn it into modern cosmology, we are making the text say something that it never said. It is not just a case of adding meaning (as more information has become available) it is a case of changing meaning. Since we view the text as authoritative, it is a dangerous thing to change the meaning of the text into something it never intended to say." -- John H. Walton, Ph.D (italics mine)
So the question must be asked: "Should the Church welcome those who change the meaning of the Bible?" When gay activists tried to do this in the Episcopal Church, it split apart.
The Roman Catholic Church is held together by a well organized hierarchy and a traditional of Reason in the interpretation of Scripture. Protestant fundamentalists have no vehicle for unity and I doubt that they care whether the Catholic Church welcomes their literalist views.
To read more, go here.
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