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Art/Literary - Religion
|English term or phrase: ...but such as are if otherwise common to...|
|"Grammar of Assent" by John Cardinal Newman (XIX century):|
"When, then, we are told that a man has changed from one religion to another, the first question which we have to ask, is, have the first and the second religions nothing in common? If they have common doctrines, he has changed only a portion of his creed, not the whole: and the next question is, has he ever made much of ***any doctrines but such as are if otherwise common to*** his new creed and his old? what doctrines was he certain of among the old, and what among the new?"
I asterisked the fragment I could not understand. It would be enough to rephrase it. A grammatical explanation is more than welcome.
|English translation:have any other doctrines been important to him, apart from those included in his new and old creed?|
This would be my interpretation of the fragment:
… have any other doctrines been important to him (has he ever believed in any other doctrines), apart from those included in his new and old creed?
I read the following paragraphs in which he gives examples of different types of conversion, and this seems to be the idea – if there are other ‘doctrines’ that a man believes in, they may influence his search for a creed that expresses/affirms his pre-existent beliefs. This may mean that he doesn’t settle for the next set of beliefs he chooses – he will continue his search indefinitely, in the hope of finding a creed which incorporates everything he believes in.
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|Good and convincing. Thank you, Elizabeth for such a clear translation of that nice scholasticism. Thanks to all participants!|
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