(And I don’t mean they’re printed in a larger font. I mean ours have more books than theirs.) The question is “Why?”
It’s a huge issue…one of, dare I say, biblical proportions.
One of the fundamental principles of Protestantism is the doctrine of sola scriptura – the Bible alone. In other words, it teaches that the only sure authority upon which we can base our lives is the Bible because it alone is the inspired, inerrant Word of God.
Of course, this belief raises obvious questions. For example, if the Bible is the only authority, then who has the right to interpret it? You? Your pastor? Your mechanic? It’s a problem. In fact, the issue of authority was the original impetus behind my eventual move to Catholicism some eighteen years ago.
But the problem of authority doesn’t just come into play with regard to interpreting Scripture. It has a colossal impact on the book itself. In other words, who decides what books are actually inspired and which are just wise sayings? How did we get the canon of Scripture in the form we now possess?
And why are Catholic Bibles different than those of our Protestant brothers?
As you’re going to see, I’ve brought in an expert on this topic. His name is Rob Corzine, a friend, and one of the vice presidents of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.
He’s a very smart cookie. (Someone please get me the etymology of that phrase.)
And it’s a pretty fair bet that you’re going to come away from this episode with whole lot more understanding about the important and fascinating history of Sacred Scripture than before.
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