I believe it has been known for centuries. Catholic Church no longer swears by truth of the Bible - Times Online Hence the reason every Catholic I've personally met, whether they grew up being taught by nuns in Catholic school or just went through the aftershool teachings at church, never picked up a bible. I think the church discovered years ago it couldn't teach out of the bible, that there would be to many questions with the discrepancies, so they created the catechism to move the focus to the scriptures which they preferred to teach from. (all this while I am regularly accused of picking and choosing) Loyola college a nearby Jesuit University, I've had two graduate students now who have relayed the teachings of their Catholic Priest Proffessors...the church figured out that people weren't ready for the truth. They preferred to be told what to think. Bishop Spong, say what you will about him but he receives many accolades in the theological community, his numerous books continue to point out one thing. The bible as a historical text without error is a fallacy. But that does not diminish his Christian beliefs!! On the other hand. Dr. Bart Ehrman became agnostic as his studies continued. This is a guy who went to sunday school but at 15 had his religious experience and went on to get a degree Moody Bible College continued studying textual criticism and learned Greek and Hebrew at Wheaton and onto Princeton Seminary and a doctorate. He is currently chair of Religious Studies at UNC Chapel Hill, smack dab in the bible belt. His book Misquoting Jesus, goes into detail of which texts are misleading or don't belong and why. (like the story of the adulteress and 'ye without sin cast the first stone' and the whole beginning end ending of John which we love so much) But don't take my word for it. Read the book and I'd love to use this forum to discuss why he is wrong in his thesis and I am wrong in mine, ie: the church has known for centuries the many issues with the bible and chose to teach without it. Now while it is true that Bart became agnostic thru his study, Spong, I and many others have not. While I am not as learned as either I do believe you can shine a light on the issues and become more connected to spirit and know the bible is not inerrant and still use it as your number one spiritual reference book as I do. This is not about tearing ones faith down but expanding it by eliminating denial.