Invincible ignorance


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Related to Invincible ignorance: Affected ignorance
(Theol.) ignorance beyond the individual's control and for which, therefore, he is not responsible before God.

See also: Ignorance

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Invincible ignorance in American foreign policy; the triumph of ideology over evidence.
The silence on this issue compared to the invincible ignorance over whether President Obama should speak at the University of Notre Dame is disappointing.
Some have suggested ill-will, or purposeful misinformation, or even invincible ignorance, or perhaps just a politician marshalling arguments for a position already reached for other reasons.
This kind of invincible ignorance makes tyranny possible.
I never cease to be amazed by the apparently invincible ignorance of the great British public.
Of course it is the very idea that soldiers are capable of discriminating between just and unjust wars that the argument from invincible ignorance seeks to challenge.
health care system "best in the world" is a perfect example of living in invincible ignorance.
In this final paragraph Father Prieur says many Catholics suffer from both vincible and invincible ignorance regarding contraception.
Guest displays an evidently invincible ignorance of very elementary Sixth Form economic history in this regard.
I am always struck by the foolhardiness of Jewish writers who, in their invincible ignorance of Catholicism, do not hesitate to make sweeping generalizations about the Church, with often ludicrous results.
Two contributions are particularly noteworthy: his catalogue essay for the exhibition "Serial Imagery" at the Pasadena Art Museum and an extraordinary forty-seven-page report on the demise of that museum through fiscal mismanagement, trustee arrogance, and invincible ignorance.
Matters are further complicated by the fact that Pins IX, in his 1854 allocution Singulari quadam, introduced the Thomistic principle of invincible ignorance into the Church's magisterial teaching on salvation.