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Catholics and the Bible

Catholics and the Bible

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The Bible
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Catholic Church
Catholics & the Bible

I. Literal vs. Literalist Interpretation
Example: Genesis 1:1-2:2 vs. Genesis 2:4-22
A. Literal Interpretation...YES!

~CCC #116
~Literal interpretation of scripture takes into account the meaning that the

author intended to convey.
Example: \u201cIt's raining cats & dogs.\u201d
Meaning: Its raining hard.

B. Literalist Interpretation...NO!

~ Literalist interpretation takes the exact meaning of the words without
consideration of popular cultural meaning or the meaning that the author intended to
convey.

Example: \u201cIt's raining cats & dogs.\u201d
Meaning: Cats & dogs are falling from the sky.
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For more information see: \u201cThe Interpretation of the Bible in the Church\u201d, Pontifcal
Biblical Commission, Article I,F; 1993
II. The Two Creation Stories
Genesis 1:1-2:2 vs. Genesis 2:4-22

A. The Catholic, literal, interpretation
~ Neither of these stories are intended to be a chronological account.
~ They are complimentary...NOT contradictory.
~ We don't know the exact details nor timing of creation\u2026it was not the

human author's intent to write a scientific treatise.
B. Catholics & the Theory of Evolution
~ As Catholics we are free to believe in evolution or not to believe in
evolution.
~ Evolution is a THEORY, not a scientific fact.
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In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form
and void\u2026
Genesis 1:1-2

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