The Catholic Church goes through a period of intensive reflection and discernment.
One of the root problems hindering progress in the so necessary reforms in the Catholic Church is a wide-spread misunderstanding of crucial texts in Sacred Scripture. That is why we offer this special course for online study. It consists of ten lessons, formulated as principles, with many case studies of scriptural passages.
Overview of the course
Why study the correct interpretation of Scripture
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Most of us are aware of the many mistakes that have been made on account of a wrong understanding of scriptural texts. Six-day creation, slavery, racism, the suppression of women and the persecution of homosexuals have been justified on the basis of Scripture. Similar mistakes continue to be made.
Most of us have read texts that try to explain one problem text or the other. But this often still leaves us with the uneasy feeling that the answers are just created to get us out of a tough spot. Can we trust the interpretation of reformers? To resolve the problem once and for all, and with entire satisfacion, we have to go to the root of things. We need to explore the nature of the inspired Scriptures themselves – why they are vulnerable to cause misunderstandings.
A lasting solution requires some study on our part, a study that is:
exploring the nature of inspired scripture itself.
This requires studying it as a course.
You can study the course by yourself, just following the route through documents that we suggest. But if you register as a student of the course, you obtain additional benefits:
* the support of a tutor to whom you can write
* access to a special section on Interpreting Scripture Correctly in CIRCLES so that you can share your questions and findings with other students of the course
* a certificate of completion of the course if you fulfil certain requirements set by the tutor.
How to follow the course online
- Bookmark this page.
- Study the ten lessons outlined below in the right sequence – from one to ten.
- Examine the two case studies linked to each lesson before moving to the next lesson.
- You can determine your own pace – completing the lessons quickly or spacing them over a number of weeks (one lesson + case studies a week?)
- At any time you may want to re-visit the previous lessons and/or case studies to recall what you have learnt in them.