Introduction to the Bible
- Paperback – 326 pages
- by Fr. John Laux
- TAN Books – 1990
The Fr. Laux text provides excellent, thoughtful, somewhat challenging information. Fr. Laux lays this material out and in order to understand it the student has to put his mind on the matters. He has to think. This is the way one’s mind is formed. Also, Fr. Laux doesn’t just give interesting information, he gives arguments. He leads the reader from one premise to another, and to the conclusion that comes from putting those premises together. Additionally, Fr. Laux’s texts have in depth questions at the end of the chapter. They require laying out a position, or arguing from one point to another. There are also very helpful paper outlines. The material presented in this course is definitely college level material, but students who have been following our program are ready to do this material.
We are working toward a very clear understanding of the motives of credibility. The argument started in 9th grade with an exposition of basic Catholic doctrine, laid out in a causal order. We moved on to the proof for the existence of God, the claims of Jesus to be God, made in a reliable historical document, the fact that He founded a religion and that religion is the Catholic Church. One important element of the ‘motives of credibility’ is the reliability of the written sources used. Introduction to the Bible makes the case that the Bible is reliable convincingly.