Leaders of the Roman Catholic Church have published a teaching document that insists to worshippers that the Bible falls short in historical accuracy.
"We should not expect to find in Scripture full scientific accuracy or complete historical precision," the Catholic bishops of England, Wales, and Scotland say in the recently released "The Gift of Scripture."
...The bishops pointed out that in general, biblical material often went through long periods of oral tradition before reaching written form.
Even in Revelations, the final book in the New Testament, the bishops assert that many passages related to the end of the world are symbolic in nature and should not be interpreted literally.
"We should not expect to discover in this book details about the end of the world, about how many will be saved, and about when the end will come," the bishops say.
..."The underlying message is accurate, but people have to realize the writing is in human form and that it had to be in human form so that God can communicate his word to us," he said.
"There are different ways of presenting truth, and not everything should be taken as scientific," he said.
Lord almighty! Sounds like a pointed challenge to the creeping popularity of so-called "Intelligent Design" as some sort of science.
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