Back Cover Text of The Catholic
Teaching On Scriptural Inerrancy
This short book explains that complete Scriptural inerrancy is an
infallible doctrine of the Catholic Church, solemnly defined by
three ecumenical councils (Florence, Trent, and Vatican I) and
re-affirmed by Vatican II. The teaching on Scriptural inerrancy
also appears in multiple Papal encyclicals, is found in Sacred
Tradition, and in Sacred Scripture's internal testimony.
Despite this unified teaching from the Magisterium, Sacred
Tradition, and Sacred Scripture, open dissention has emerged
among prominent "Catholic scholars" who, during recent
decades, have increasingly embraced the often-condemned
alternative of limited inerrancy - the notion that Sacred Scripture
can contain errors in science or history. Why has such
The final chapter contains an insightful summary of the false
philosophical roots that fed the error of limited inerrancy and
produced what Pope St. John Paul II called the "fateful
separation" between faith and reason. These false ideas will
continue to inflict great damage until they are adequately refuted.
Fortunately, as the author explains, the means of mending the
apparent divide between faith and reason is readily at hand, for
never has the evidence from history, science, and reason more
strongly supported the Christian worldview and authentic
Catholic teachings. The challenge to this generation of Catholics
is whether we have the discipline to learn the evidence and the
courage to engage in the restoration of truth. The book closes
with penetrating questions that will generate much discussion and
inspire readers into action.
Table of Contents of The Catholic
Teaching On Scriptural Inerrancy
The Testimony of the Magisterium
The Teaching of Dei Verbum
The Testimony of Sacred Scripture
The Testimony of Sacred Tradition
Questions and Answers about Scriptural Inerrancy
Two Hundred Old Testament Prophecies Fulfilled by Jesus Christ
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The Catholic Teaching
On Scriptural Inerrancy:
A Solemnly Defined Doctrine Explained
Through Magisterial Teachings, Sacred
Scripture, and Sacred Tradition
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|Some Q&A with author John Wynne:
Q. Why did you write this book?
A. I wrote this book because there is
enormous confusion about the Catholic
teaching on Scriptural inerrancy. While
the Church has always taught-and
continues to teach after Vatican II - that
all of Sacred Scripture is inspired and all
of Sacred Scripture is, therefore,
inerrant, it is very common for Biblical
scholars and confused Catholics to claim
that the Church now teaches "limited
inerrancy," the position that Sacred
Scripture could contain errors in science
Q. Why is the issue so important to
A. The defense of this infallible teaching
is among the most important of all
doctrines to defend, because so many
dogmas are based on the written Word of
God. If Sacred Scripture contains errors,
it becomes only a matter of time before
any and all dogmas become under attack.
Also, the inerrancy of Sacred Scripture
has been infallibly defined by three
ecumencial councils. These solemn
definitions have been reaffirmed by
numerous Papal encyclicals, apostolic
letters, and by Vatican II. Sacred
Tradition and Sacred Scripture's internal
testimony also testify to the inspiration
and inerrancy of the Sacred text. So if
the Magisterium has been wrong on this
issue, and if Sacred Scripture and Sacred
Tradition have also been wrong, what
becomes of the trust Catholics have
placed in the Magisterium and Sacred
Tradition? Why bother being Catholic if
the Church and the Fathers have been
wrong on this "irreformable" teaching and
if Sacred Scripture contains errors?
What's the point?
Q. Many Scholars who claim the
Church has altered its teaching cite
Dei Verbum as the basis for their
claim. How do you respond?
They are in error and in serious error at
that. Chapter 2 contains one of the most
thorough evaluations of the true teachings
of Dei Verbum and it concludes that,
even given the most liberal translation,
there is no legitimate way to conclude
that Vatican II taught limited inerrancy.
Q. Why, then, do so many Catholic
scholars claim that limited inerrancy
is a permissible view to hold?
A. Many scholars falsely believe that
modern exegesis and natural science have
shown the Bible to contain errors. Since
these scholars do not recognize the
rationalistic presuppositions and flawed
Darwinian claims behind their
conclusions, they feel that the only
alternative is to endorse the view of
limited inerrancy even though, to quote
Humani Generis, the view has been
Q. Do conservative Catholic Scholars
agree with your conclusions?
A. Well known and loyal Catholic
Scholars such as Dr. Scott Hahn and Fr.
Brian Harrison have performed much
valuable work on this issue and have
reached the same conclusion as to the
authentic Church teaching on inerrancy.
Our work differs from some
conservative Catholic scholars, however,
in that we trace the flawed method of
wayward Catholic scholars, not just to
poor and rationalistic methods of
exegesis, but also to the historical
influence of evolutionary thought.
Q. Of your three books, which one
should interested Catholics read first?
A. It depends on the appetite of the
reader. Generally, I would recommend
that the Catholic reader begin with The
Catholic Teaching on Scriptural
Inerrancy, as it is a short book and
provides a concise summary of the
impact of rationalism and evolutionary
thinking on Catholic scholars and the rest
of the world. I would recommend A
Catholic Assessment next, and then
Repairing the Breach as it is the most
detailed book of the three and delves into
the details of many issues raised in the
other two books.