And is therefore in close and continual relation with the human mind, and participates in its changes.
In the Phaedo the main argument up to which all the others lead is that the soul participates in the idea of life.
Samaria is sentenced to destruction for idolatry; and the blow extends to Judah also, which participates in the same guilt (ch.
Essence participates in goodness - that which is good has being, and is therefore to be regarded as a species of good.
As thus the restless reason tests the emotions of the soul, criticizes the traditions to which they cling, rejects the ancient dogmas in which they have been defined, the Church slowly participates in the process: silently this position and that are forsaken, legends and beliefs once of prime importance are forgotten, or when forced into controversy many ways are found by which the old and the new are reconciled: the sharpness of distinctions can be rubbed off, expressions may be softened, definitions can be modified and half-way resting-places afforded, until the momentous transition has been made and the continuity of tradition is maintained.
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