Esotericism

I can only assume that the one member of Illinois’ House of Representatives who voted not to impeach Rod Blagojevich did so to honor the doctrine that a decision made by men cannot be made unanimously–that level of certainty being only available to God.

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I’ve only heard this doctrine mentioned once, and I assume that no actual human institution has ever been governed by such a rule.  I thought the doctrine might have been attributed to the Sanhedrin, but if so, Google hasn’t heard.  Is there a term for the intellectual equivalent of an urban legend (take Borges’ Chinese Encyclopaedia as the paradigm case)?

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