Monday, March 10, 2008

A Crisis of History

Catholic World News reports that in a March 7 address to the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, Pope Benedict XVI (bio - news) said that the study of history is particularly valuable today, to address "a society which, heedless of its own past and hence lacking criteria acquired through experience, is no longer capable of harmonious coexistence or joint commitment in realizing future aims."

"Such a society is particularly vulnerable to ideological manipulation," the Pope told the group. He said that the study of history today is being warped by "a methodology which draws inspiration from positivism and sociology" and ignores "entire epochs" because of its ideological blinders.

Have any sense of those who would want to manipulate history due to their "ideological blinders?" Here is a hint.

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