AUSTRALIA has become the latest country to reject the Bible, after the Catholic Church announced it would no longer accept new copies of the bible as an official scripture.
Key points:The Church of England has said it would stop publishing new versions of the Bible on its website for fear of “unintended damage” to its religious heritageThe Australian government said it was “deeply troubled” by the decisionThe Church said it believed the bible’s “authority is clear and ineradicable”The Church says it would continue to publish the bible on its site but would “not do so with any additional editions”The decision follows a review of the Catholic church’s official version of the Holy Bible by the Vatican.
It follows an appeal by the Church of Scotland, which also said it will stop printing new copies.
The Catholic Church has said the new Bible is “ineradically written” and therefore cannot be trusted as the source of biblical doctrine.
The UK’s Anglican Church of Canada has also said its version is “unscriptural” and could be considered to be “unreliable”.
But the Catholic leaders of the UK’s largest Protestant denomination have warned the Bible should not be used to interpret the faith.
In an open letter, the bishops of Canterbury and York and their bishops in the north-west, said the Bible was “inherently unreliable”.
“We reject the authority of the Christian Scriptures,” they said.
“As the Bible is ineradicably written, it cannot be accepted as the infallible word of God.”
The bishops also said they “deepest regret” the decision by the Catholic hierarchy.
“The Bible is not a sacred text,” they wrote.
“We cannot accept that any one interpretation is more accurate or valid than another.”
They added that the Church should be “treating the Bible as scripture” and “be mindful of the many texts that are inerrant”.
“These texts do not require the Bible to be revised to suit modern times.”