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Author QuotedKarl Jaspers
Title QuotedPlato and Augustine / edited by Hannah Arendt
Date (Year/Month/Day)1964/01/13
Imprint[S.l.] : Harcourt Brace & World. Inc, 1962
QuotationJaspers talks of the "Augustinian turnabout." At one moment Augustine is saying "let none of us say he has already found the truth. Let us look for it as though we did not yet know it on either sid" and then later he advocates using force against those who do not accept our faith. And apparently without feeling there is any problem. As the greatest of Catholic Doctors he has bequeathed this mentality to the entire Catholic Church-and to the Protestants as well, because he is as much their Father as ours! This is the mind of Western Christendom.
JournalDancing in the Water of Life: Seeking Peace in the Hermitage. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 5, 1963-1965.; Edited by Robert E. Daggy. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1997, p. 61
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