Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Moral education

"We should not think of moral education as indoctrination, but as initiation. It is initiation into the human moral inheritance: 'men transmitting manhood to men.' . . . We have not decided what morality requires; we have discovered it. We transmit not our own views or desires but moral truth-by which we consider ourselves also to be bound. Hence, moral education is not an exercise of power over future generations."

-Gilbert Meilaender as quoted by Richard John Neuhaus in the January 2006 issue of First Things at page 66.

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