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Chapter 3. Proclaim the Gospel to Every Creature • 29

Biblical Literalism

In the United States a certain number of Christians of many denomina-

tions—often called


—have adopted the supremacy of

Scripture as their sole foundation. They also approach Scripture from

a viewpoint of private interpretation. This they do in the strictest literal

sense without appreciation of the various literary forms that the biblical

1. Why must Revelation be transmitted?

God “[wills everyone] to be saved and to come to the

knowledge of the truth”: that is, of Christ Jesus. Christ

must be proclaimed to all nations and individuals, so that

this revelation may reach to the ends of the earth. (CCC,

no. 74, citing 1 Tm 2:4; cf. Jn 14:6)

2. How is Apostolic Tradition linked to Apostolic Succession?

Christ the Lord . . . commanded the apostles to preach

the Gospel. (CCC, no. 75, citing DV, no. 7; cf. Mt 28:19-20;

Mk 16:15)

In order that the full and living Gospel might always be

preserved in the Church the apostles left bishops as their

successors. They gave them “their own positions of teach-

ing authority.” (CCC, no. 77, citing DV, no. 7; St. Irenaeus,

Adv. Haeres


3. Why does the Church venerate Scripture?

The Church has always venerated the Scriptures as she

venerates the Lord’s Body. She never ceases to present

to the faithful the bread of life, taken from the one table

of God’s Word and Christ’s Body. In Sacred Scripture,

the Church constantly finds her nourishment and her

strength. (CCC, nos. 103-104; cf. DV, no. 21)