Mark Shea 's 5 Myths About 7 Books Essay

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Throughout Mark Shea’s 5 Myths about 7 Books, he discusses five suspicions held by Protestants as to why the “Apocryphal” books should be included within the Church’s Bible. To preface, this stance will be of dynamic inspiration, which claims that God adapts himself to the original audience of the text, allowing human writers to write according to their own experiences. Though this article there appears to be a hindsight bias as to the position of the deuterocanonical books and although Shea makes a compelling case as to why these myths should be dispelled, the Apocrypha are not inspired. While the Apocrypha have been undoubtedly alluded to in the New Testament, this does not correlate with inspiration. The Apocrypha also have contradictions with the Old Testament such as creation and the formation of the soul. Finally, the Apocrypha teaches that nobility and pride are acts of God when they are condemned by the scriptures. The Apocrypha are definitely a good source of knowledge and should be read by all Christians, but they are not inspired and should not be included in sacred scripture. Mark Shea, in his 5 Myths about 7 Books gives revelation to the arguments held by Protestants and provides reasons as to why the Apocrypha should be included within the Church’s Bible. The first argument held by Protestants states that the deuterocanonical books were added after the Council of Trent. This is refuted by Shea and he establishes that “the Septuagint version of scripture, from…

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