Infallibility

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'''Infallibility''' is the idea that something cannot be wrong. In a Christian context, it refers to a belief that the Church or the Pope cannot be wrong when speaking under certain conditions. The conditions have been redefined occasionally - when it was proved that they ''were'', in fact, wrong. However, when the wrongness may be in doubt - on moral issues, for example - it is usually said that the interpretation that was wrong, but the proclamation was true. Obviously, such an argument can given indefinitely.
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'''Infallibility''' is the idea that something cannot be wrong. In a [[Christian]] context, it refers to a belief that the [[Church]] or the [[Pope]] cannot be wrong when speaking under certain conditions. The conditions have been redefined occasionally - when it was proved that they ''were'', in fact, wrong. However, when the wrongness may be in doubt - on moral issues, for example - it is usually said that the interpretation that was wrong, but the proclamation was true. Obviously, such an argument can given indefinitely.
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[[Category: Epistemology]]

Revision as of 10:09, 23 January 2007


Infallibility is the idea that something cannot be wrong. In a Christian context, it refers to a belief that the Church or the Pope cannot be wrong when speaking under certain conditions. The conditions have been redefined occasionally - when it was proved that they were, in fact, wrong. However, when the wrongness may be in doubt - on moral issues, for example - it is usually said that the interpretation that was wrong, but the proclamation was true. Obviously, such an argument can given indefinitely.

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