This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

Infallibility

Due to its subject, we should also not be surprised to find in Mimansa the theory of infallibility, which is common to traditional doctrines and which closely resembles the form of infallibility of Catholicism. As with Catholicism, infallibility is not a ‘property’ of a person, but is a property of the doctrine itself and only attaches to a person indirectly, insofar as that person serves the function of expounding doctrine. That is why the Pope is only infallible under very restricted conditions. Authority in these cases is always derived, an authority by participation and with respect to a specific function. Aside from the performance of that function, it is not bound up with the personality of any individual.

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