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Purgatory, Apocrypha and the Canon of Scripture

3 Responses

  1. Greg Taylor says:

    If your tent comprises only of holy scripture and “spirituality” (so say thousands of protestant denominated churches who all disagree with each other on doctrinal issues) then how would you know which books actually belong in the bible? Where did this information come from? Personally I would put much greater faith in the beliefs of the early Christians rather than those so called reformers who only arrived on the scene with their fallible teachings 1500 years after Christ had established his Church.

  2. Jael says:

    I believe that the Bible is very clearly understood by biblical scholars including catholic biblical scholars and they do agree on the orthodox interpretation of the bible. All Mainstream Christian churches agree on the foundational principles of Christianity found in scripture – all set out in our creed. Its where churches vary from the scripture that things get tricky. Denominational issues – infant baptism vs believers baptism, differences in worship practices etc keep the various denominations (including the Catholic denomination) apart. These things are not explicitly set out in scripture.

  3. Jonathan says:

    “deuterocanonical or apocrypha” – No, Catholics call them Deutercanonicals and Protestants call them Apocrypha. Two very different uses.

    “They were not part of the inclusive canon of Greek scriptures.” – No, they actually were, it’s called the Septuagint

    “Catholics were prohibited from reading any translations, with this restriction being removed late in the 18th century.” – erm, no

    “Tyndale’s objective was that the ploughboy should know the scriptures better than the pope.” – how did that work out for us? As many interpretations as there are ploughboys!