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Biblical Fundamentalism: What Every Catholic Should Know Paperback – October, 2001
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About the Author
Ronald D. Witherup, PSS, is superior general of the Sulpicians, an order of diocesan priests dedicated to initial and ongoing formation of priests. He holds a doctorate in biblical studies and is the author of numerous books and articles on Scripture, including The Word of God at Vatican II: Exploring Dei Verbum, Gold Tested in Fire: A New Pentecost for the Catholic Priesthood, and Biblical Fundamentalism, What Every Catholic Should Know, published by Liturgical Press. He is also a contributor to Give Us This Day, published by Liturgical Press.
Top Customer Reviews
Presents a good juxtaposition of the Catholic faith and Christian fundamentalism.
It is well written by a highly educated man. I believe members of both faiths would benefit from reading this book.
Danville Holy Family Parish
The author's goal was an introduction, a brief but concise comparison of fundamentalist and Catholic views on the Bible. He has succeeded in making the basic distinction. I think and told him that he doesn't offer alternative interpretations to the texts of Scripture where the greatest differences exist with fundamentalists.
Catholic biblical scholarship indeed comes across as a type of modernism, disrespecting centuries of Catholic Church teaching and precedent.
He satisfies himself to paint a fairly accurate picture of the fundamentalists' view of scripture and then offers a thumbnail sketch of the Catholic view, without many specifics. By email, he referred me to the (mostly Catholic) bibliography of his book for further information.
I take exception to one of his more controversial assertions, That fundamentalists tend to canonize social relationships in the bible that in fact were simply accidents of their historical context. In other words, the subservient position of women in the bible is not a precept of the bible, but just a reflection of the times of the writer. This idea is clearly stated as a difference of Catholics and Fundamentalists, but it is poorly motivated.
By private communication he says: "The Bible does not contain fiction (as we moderns would define it) as such, but not everything in the Bible is history either. Your examples of Jonah or Ruth or Esther are narrative stories with various moral and/or heroic themes in them, and Genesis 1-11 is myth (not fiction) with an important theological perspective to it. "Myth" here does not mean an untrue story but a narrative with a profoundly true message, couched in ordinary story language.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Tho a bit dry, this book serves as a thorough and enlightening orientation for those embarking upon a biblical study within a scholarly perspective. Read morePublished 7 months ago by V
Witherup does a great job of explaining Bible Fundamentalism and the differences between how various Christian denominations interpret the Bible.Published 8 months ago by Pamela S Kimminau
A must buy for all religions specally if you have doubts or you have a little nagging that you want to fullfill. Read the last few pages first hen start at the beginning.Published 9 months ago by MaBell
This book provides good insight into the differences between Biblical Fundamentalism and the Catholic approach to scripture. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Ronald