An infallibly infallible expounder Print
By Avery Dulles, S.J.   
Thursday, 03 May 2012

Newman’s positive argument for infallibility, like that of Karl Rahner in our own century, proceeded a priori on the basis of antecedent probabilities. Revelation, he asserted, comes to us with a profession of infallibility; otherwise it would not be the word of God. But God would not give a historical revelation addressed to humanity as a whole unless He intended it to remain accessible. Unless it were guarded by a divinely equipped authority, believers would be thrown back on their own resources to ascertain and interpret what had been originally given. In summary, then, “If Christianity is both social and dogmatic, and intended for all ages, it must humanly speaking have an infallible expounder.”


 

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