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Hegel and the Development of Doctrine

In the 1807 “Preface” to the Phenomenology of Spirit, Hegel writes, “The more conventional opinion…does not comprehend the diversity of philosophical systems as the progressive unfolding of truth, but rather sees in it simple disagreements. The bud disappears in the bursting-forth of … Continue reading

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The World of Scripture

A beautiful meditation of Newman on Scripture that could’ve come straight from Augustine: After all our diligence, to the end of our lives and to the end of the Church, [Scripture] must be an unexplored and unsubdued land, with heights and … Continue reading

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Changing to stay the same

A justly famous paragraph: It is indeed sometimes said that the stream is clearest near the spring. Whatever use may fairly be made of this image, it does not apply to the history of a philosophy or belief, which on … Continue reading

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Creedal complexity

The greater the variation and pluriformity of expression and entailment an idea admits, Newman insists, the more exactly it might be thought to approximate the thing for which it stands: As views of a material object may be taken from … Continue reading

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Aquinas vs. Newman on doctrinal development

In discussing whether the articles of faith “creverint secundum temporum successionem,” Thomas considers the following objection: Sicut per apostolos ad nos fides Christi pervenit, ita etiam in veteri testamento per priores patres ad posteriores devenit cognitio fidei, secundum illud Deut. … Continue reading

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