John Henry Cardinal Newman

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I think that these things which are accepted on faith are essential to ones life, especially the life of a Christian. This is what the writer addresses in his famous quote from The Tamworth Reading Room, "Many a man will live and die upon a dogma: no man will be a martyr for a conclusion." However, I think that you have to be very careful with giving someone so much unchecked authority for interpreting the scriptures...
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This is very much like the benevolent despot feared so much by Mill. I see it as possibly even worse because this ecclesiastic authority figure, can use the Bible in any way he pleases to "prove" his claims if no one has the ability to question them. This type of blind belief goes against the "Intelligent Design" or deistic approach Newman argues against in Tamworth...
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