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Gerald O'Collins, S. J. and Mario Farrugia, S. J.

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198728184

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728184.001.0001

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Revelation, Tradition, and Scripture

Revelation, Tradition, and Scripture

(p.102) 3 Revelation, Tradition, and Scripture

Gerald O’Collins, S.J.

Mario Farrugia, S.J.

Oxford University Press

This chapter offers a Catholic view of divine revelation, the response of human faith, the tradition that hands on belief in God, and the scriptures that are inspired by the Holy Spirit. The saving self-revelation of God comes through an interplay of deeds and words, is centred on Christ, and is a past, present, and future reality. Tradition should be understood both as a process (the act of tradition) and as a living heritage (tradition as content). Being an inspired, written record, the Bible is not to be simply identified with revelation. Biblical truth is progressive, personal, and salvific. The canon of scriptures, the closed list of inspired books, arose through their subsequent recognition by the Church.

Keywords:   Bible, canon, faith, inspiration, revelation, tradition, truth

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