Perhaps I should first mention that I am not a Catholic (or a Christian, for that matter), but my upbringing in the Catholic educational system has lent itself to me developing the deepest respect and admiration for the faith, and for the thoughtfulness and intellectual rigor underlying its pronouncements on ethical matters. In that regard, I often find myself consulting a Catholic perspective in my attempts to navigate my way through various ethical matters in my life, and I would be most grateful if I could benefit from such a perspective here (despite not being a member of the faith).
That said, and I apologize if the questions I’m asking come off as being needlessly concerned with ethical minuta, I wanted to gain some insight into ethical matters related to popular media. First, is it considered irreverent, through a Catholic perspective, to purchase books that refer to themselves as ‘The Bible of…’ in their titles? That is, "The Computer Programmer’s Bible,’ ‘The Weight Lifter’s Bible,’ etc. I realize that the word ‘bible’ itself simply refers to a collection of books, and is often used to simply refer to any authoritative compendium of information. However, even these colloquial uses of the word are obviously based upon the authoritative guidance of The Bible, and I imagine that’s the imagery that such titles intend to evoke.
Secondly, I’m sure we’re all familiar with musical albums that, while not necessarily collectively objectionable, have individual songs that may be objectionable themselves. More specifically, I recently came to purchase a band shirt that has the name of an album containing on particular song that rails against religion (and, it seems, the Judeo-Christian understanding of God), with the narrator coming to believe that his faith was the end-result of him having been lied to. I realize that the material here reflects ones own personal meditation on their life experiences, but I also realize that we must be mindful of the content we promote and associate with ourselves, and perhaps even the types of behavior our decisions incite with others (though I’m admittedly unclear as to where our responsibility for other people’s behavior begins and ends). Would it be inappropriate to wear such a shirt?
Again, I apologize if what I’m asking amounts to moral hair-splitting, but they’re questions that concern me, and it is by virtue of my respect and admiration for Catholic intellectual tradition that has compelled me to ask them here. Many thanks in advance.