[quote=scriabin]Another example is family. Approaching Scripture with the point of view of studying God’s idea of family is wonderful, necessary, and legitimate. But to use this idea to explain the Trinity as ‘family’ and applying a feminine nature to the Holy Spirit so that we have a ‘family’ of Father, female Holy Spirit, and Son, is entirely against Catholic history and teaching…
I don’t believe he has actually done that, has he? After all, how can the Holy Spirit be both ‘female’ and the ‘spouse’ of Mary? Can you cite book and page references to Scott’s references as to the Holy Spirit having a female likeness. Scripture points out that in heaven there is neither male or female, Jew or Greek, etc…No one would be more aware of this than Scott Hahn.
[quote=scriabin]To be entirely fair I would like to point out that Hahn, I believe, does an excellent job of pointing out when he goes over that line. His footnotes, at least in *A Father Who Keeps His Promises * are enlightening and thought provoking. For example, read his reasoning for equating the eldest son of Noah, Shem, with Melchizedek. Interesting; not particularly convincing; yet altogether possible–but please, Mr. Hahn, don’t present it as Catholic teaching or the Patrisically dominant believe that we Catholics should all share.
Hahn tells us when he’s stepping over the line–let’s listen to him.
And when Catholic Scripture scholars make “interesting” comparisons in scripture and the Church does not condemn their comparisons as heresy, they are known as private revelations and Catholics are free to believe or not believe.
Personally, I find his comparisons build up the Body of Christ, strengthen Catholic doctrine and are edifying as a whole.
I’ll give you space to be personally ‘disturbed’ by his ‘perceived’ license with Scripture.
Could you maybe entertain the thought that the Holy Spirit has revealed some of these comparisons to him to have us rethink some of these passages with new insight?