Last time, in this space, we started looking at how doctrine develops in the life of the Church. Today, we will take a look specifically at how the Church's doctrine regarding "which books should we read in the liturgy?" developed. For that, of course, is all we mean by "the canon of Scripture". The Church chose these books and not those for its readings as Mass, put them all together in The Book (Biblia) and used them Mass. How did they make that call?
In some cases, the Church in both east and west has a clear memory of just who wrote a given book and could remind the faithful of this. So, for instance, when a second century heretic named Marcion proposed to delete the Old Testament...READ MORE