Dark Passages of the Bible: Engaging Scripture with Benedict XVI and St. Thomas Aquinas

Dark Passages of the Bible: Engaging Scripture with Benedict XVI and St. Thomas Aquinas

Matthew J. Ramage


a number of gods? Divinely mandated genocide? Rejection of an afterlife? If the Scriptures are the encouraged and inerrant observe of God that Christians declare them to be, how can they include this stuff? for lots of believers within the smooth age, conventional Christian solutions to those demanding situations are not any longer convincing. although spiritually edifying, they're not able to account for the sheer scope and intensity of difficulties raised in the course of the creation of historical-critical scholarship.
Following the lead of Pope Benedict XVI, in darkish Passages of the Bible Matthew Ramage weds the historical-critical procedure with a theological studying of Scripture established within the patristic-medieval culture. while those techniques are usually considered as at the same time particular or perhaps contradictory, Ramage insists that the 2 are jointly enriching and helpful for doing justice to the Bible's so much not easy texts.
Ramage applies Benedict XVI's hermeneutical ideas to 3 of the main theologically difficult components of the Bible: its remedy of God's nature, the character of fine and evil, and the afterlife. Teasing out key hermeneutical ideas from the paintings of Thomas Aquinas, Ramage analyzes each one of those issues with an eye fixed to reconciling texts whose presence would appear to violate the doctrines of biblical notion and inerrancy. while, Ramage at once addresses the issues of concrete biblical texts in gentle of either patristic and sleek exegetical tools.

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