Monday, October 19, 2015

A Reasonable Understanding of the Beginning and End of Things



     Two of the tiresome debates among certain quarters of the Protestant Movement are over the beginning and end of all things.  While we served in Protestant ministry it was assumed that we would fall in line with the fixed fundamental view of how the accounts of the beginning and end of time from Genesis and Revelation were interpreted by those who adhere to Sola Scriptura.  We could not, we did not.
     Catholic theology has the historical balance of taking into consideration the oral tradition and literary form (genre) of the text in it's interpretation of the Sacred Scriptures.  The Catechism of the Catholic Church is the reliable source for an authentic understanding of the Scriptures.  Father Barron has addressed this quibble as many other Catholic theologians have.  Take a few minutes to hear some of the historical understanding of interpreting Scripture in Father Barron's discussion on misreading Genesis and a podcast and youtube video on the questions surrounding the end of all things.

http://www.wordonfire.org/resources/video/misreading-genesis/174/

http://www.wordonfire.org/resources/homily/apocalypse-now/518/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrOQ3YKSEFQ

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