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What is an overview of Christian viewpoints on the accuracy and truthfulness of the Bible?

Without much detail, here is an overview of how different Christians view the Bible. These are major categories, and there is going to be some grey area between all of them. The Bible is inerrant on ...
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What is the origin of the Catholic apocrypha?

Some historical background regarding the Canon of Scripture The books that non-Catholics (generally Protestants) call the Apocrypha are called by Catholics the Deuterocanonical books (from the Greek ...
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Do a significant number of Biblical scholars presently support inerrancy?

Even a "nearly" comprehensive list of inerrantist scholars from the past 100–200 years would be virtually impossible to compile and maintain. However, the best list that I am aware of that ...
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What is the origin of the Catholic apocrypha?

In the Catholic tradition, there 3 types of historical writings dealt with here: biblical writings and/or non-biblical writings known as Apocrypha. Canononical works Deuterocanonical works Apocrypha (...
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Is the Pope Emeritus infallible?

No, a retired pope is not infallible because that guarantee is not a personal quality; it is attached to the office that he no longer holds. This is true in terms of the pope’s extraordinary teaching ...
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What is the difference between "infallible" and "inerrant"?

Inerrancy: To say that the scriptures are "inerrant" literally means that they are "without error." That is, that there is not one single error in spelling, grammar, fact, etc. any where in all of ...
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What does the LDS Church teach about infallibility?

I think the best summary of the LDS teaching on infallibility, specifically in reference to prophets and revelation, is the following statement from Joseph Smith: I never told you I was perfect—but ...
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Is Matthew 26:32 and John 20:9 a mistake stating that Jesus told the disciples He would rise again then stating they didn't know after it happened?

Jesus told the apostles quite explicitly that He would rise again, but they simply didn't understand Him. According to Luke 18:31-34, "Jesus took unto him the twelve and said to them: ... the Son of ...
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When was the Bible formally declared to be inerrant and/or infallible?

A biblical case for inerrancy can certainly be made on the basis of passages like 2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 3:16, but these are limited in that they do not obviously refer to the entire Bible, both ...
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Is the Summa Theologia infallible to Catholics or not?

No, the Summa Theologica/Theologiae is not infallible. It was written by St. Thomas Aquinas, who though he was very good, holy, and learned, was not infallible. On those occasions on which the Pope ...
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Why the wrongness of "Our Father" translation wasn't spotted earlier?

The Our Father has not been wrongly translated. It is Catholic dogma of the highest degree (de fide) that there are no errors in Holy Scripture, and the 4th Session of the Council of Trent defined ...
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What doctrinal value does the Catholic Church place on "Cantate Domino"?

Documents of ecumenical councils receive their authority from the Pope who solemnly approves them. Councils give council to a Pope, and it is by his authority alone that their documents can be ...
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How do people who deny Biblical inerrancy understand this argument on inspiration?

This is not a valid deductive argument. 4 does not follow from 1, 2, and 3. Even the proposed edit to 4 that removes the phrase "and are inerrant" would not make it valid. 4 does not follow ...
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According to Catholicism, does an individual bishop have the safeguard of Infallibility or Indefectibility?

According to Catholicism, do individual bishops have the safeguard of Infallibility or Indefectibility? The short answer on both counts is no. First of all what is indefectibility? ...
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What is meant by "faith and morals" with regards to papal infallibility?

The First Vatican Council's Pastor Æternus said, under Pope Pius IX's authority, regarding papal infallibility: …we teach and define that it is a dogma divinely revealed: that the Roman Pontiff, ...
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Do a significant number of Biblical scholars presently support inerrancy?

The Evangelical Theological Society is a large academic society committed to inerrancy. Its members must affirm the inerrancy of the Bible, and it refers to the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy ...
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Are Catholic bishops infallible?

Bishops in themselves are not infallible. However, they do participate in some way in the infallibility of the Catholic Church. Catholic Bishops participate in the ordinary and universal episcopal ...
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Was 'Jesus and the woman taken in adultery' in St. John a later addition, and does this invalidate infallibility?

Of the first scenario, John himself added this passage later on: The earliest surviving manuscript to contain the Pericope Adulterae is from the late fourth or early fifth century, although there are ...
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Were New Testament writers infallible when they wrote Scripture?

Inspired, Inerrant, Infallible Let's be careful about the usual meaning of those 3 technical terms as they are generally used in Christianity, with different shades of meaning according to the ...
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Was 'Jesus and the woman taken in adultery' in St. John a later addition, and does this invalidate infallibility?

I suspect the early church fathers found no provocative revelation in this addition, if it is indeed an addition, to have concern about inclusion. Mark 16:9-20 seems to have been questioned early on ...
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How did James Orr's view of the inspiration of the Bible differ from B. B. Warfield's?

Professor of didactic and polemic theology at Princeton Seminary was B.B. Warfield. He upheld the view that a strong emphasis on the divine inspiration and inerrancy of Scripture was fundamental to ...
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What is meant by "faith and morals" with regards to papal infallibility?

Faith and Morals "Faith and morals" is not a technical formula. It basically just means "beliefs and actions." The phrase itself is not meant to limit the scope of teaching, it ...
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Statements about the doctrine or the future made by current LDS Prophet, and the church view on those

Does the LDS church assert that doctrinal statements made by the current Prophet are either "inspired", "infallible", or both? Inspired, definitely, but not infallible. Prophets are merely mortal ...
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According to Catholicism, does an individual bishop have the safeguard of Infallibility or Indefectibility?

Bishops "infallible when in agreement with the Roman Pontiff they impose on the faithful a doctrine to be held definitively". Sacræ Theologiæ Summa IB p. 198: Bishops, successors of the ...
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According to the Calvinist, why "believe" if something is known absolutely true?

According to the Calvinist, why “believe” if something is known absolutely true? Philosophically speaking it is wise to live in agreement with truth. 2 + 2 = 4 is known to be true, so one would be ...
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According to the Calvinist, why "believe" if something is known absolutely true?

You can only be as confident about something as you are confident about the basis for that something. So just as you say, the Christians who believe in the infallibility of scripture believe it, they ...
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How do people who deny Biblical inerrancy understand this argument on inspiration?

This is a challenging matter to argue deductively, especially given that a) the critical passage from 2 Timothy doesn't define key terms like "God-breathed" & "scripture", and ...
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Is Matthew 26:32 and John 20:9 a mistake stating that Jesus told the disciples He would rise again then stating they didn't know after it happened?

The context of Mt. 26:32 is really about Peter and the others abandoning Jesus at the arrest. The shephard will be struck and the sheep scattered. Yes, Jesus tries to reassure them of His ...
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Is the Pope Emeritus infallible?

I also think that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has lost supernatural assistance and related "infallibility" about his possible formal declarations concerning faith and moral as Pope when he abdicated ...
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