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Thursday, September 09, 2010


Manuel G. Daugherty Razetto

Fr. J. Lienhard's comprehensive view gives us valuable components in BXVI Theology of the Bible. Regarding Scripture one is bound to admit how the forcible challenge brought by Modernism impacted the Church; studies done by experts (i.e.:Loisy et al) were prepared with practical understanding of original languages. Extensive, detailed investigation made the historical criticism relevant, void of any frivolous touch. So much so that eventually the Vatican, after some years, impelled Pius XII to write Divino Afflante Spiritu, by which from then on Exegesis was done by experts knowledgeable in original languages.

Dealing with History is not an easy task. It depends on Reason and Imagination. Samples abound to prove potential weakness, limitations or even mischief among notable historians. Herodotus, the oldest greek historian had a great imagination and hesitated little to invent quite a bit. Good and bad could be told about Thucidides and Xenophon among the greeks or, among the romans, Livy, Quintus Curtius Rufus or even the great Tacitus. The factor of History in Scriptures is of unimaginable importance when the narrative offers not just facts but it further pictures life and habits surrounding the story to be told.

Of Faith we are well aware of but on Tradition we can already detect bitter animosity and lack of acceptance in the XIX century when in England critics could not admit our Church's authority in the interpretation of Scriptures.

It is noteworthy that Philosophy is mentioned only once in the list we have from Fr Lienhard while Theology is four times that. One has to concur that the key question during Vatican II (where BXVI had such important participation) was Faith and History.

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