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Friday, February 06, 2009

Lessons of History

"History is not a creed or a catechism, it gives lessons rather than rules; still no one can mistake its general teaching in this matter, whether he accept it or stumble at it. Bold outlines and broad masses of colour rise out of the records of the past. They may be dim, they may be incomplete; but they are definite . . ."

- John Henry Cardinal Newman (An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, 7)

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