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A. Modern Man and Authority

Men are ambivalent towards authority today. They are credulous when experts speak and avid for commanding personalities who they hope have the secret of prosperity. They are buoyed up by the past achievements of specialists and recognize that a process of collectivization is at work which needs firstclass guidance. They are sometimes ready to accord disproportionate value to the pronouncements of specialists even outside their…

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Waldemar Molinski, “Authority”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 05 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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