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  • Carl F. Hostetter
    From a purely scientific point of view, the legitimacy of an interpretation depends on its power to explain things. In other words, the less it needs to
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 14, 2009
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      "From a purely scientific point of view, the legitimacy of an interpretation depends on its power to explain things. In other words, the less it needs to interfere with the sources, the more it respects the corpus as given and is able to show it to be intelligible from within, by its own logic, the more apposite such an interpretation is. Conversely, the more it interferes with the sources, the more it feels obliged to excise and throw doubt on things found there, the more alien to the subject it is."

      -- Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, _Behold the Pierced One_ (Ignatius Press, 1986), pp. 44-45
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