Thursday, May 12, 2005

In a Nutshell

This reflection on the concept of "development of doctrine" is especially lucid, at Diogene's "Off the Record":

"As Newman saw, a true doctrinal development is one 'which illustrates, not obscures, corroborates, not corrects, the body of thought from which it proceeds.' He saw that those who, on the contrary, proposed open-ended correction of one and the same dogma, though they flattered themselves as being champions of reason, were introducing logical confusions into the notion of doctrine from which it was impossible to escape."