John Henry Newman
This is an introduction to one who may be considered the most outstandingly original and creative English religious thinker of the nineteenth century. Here is by far the clearest and most concise introduction to his life and thought ever written. Avery Dulles is himself one of the most important living Roman Catholic theologians*. The combination of this author and this subject is in itself a matter for celebration.Newman has countless admirers. Since the publication of Geoffrey Faber's "Oxford Apostles" many have also attempted to debunk him. But here is an account of Newman that is truly balanced and shows him to be as much a prophet for our times as he was for his own. Though unsuccessful in most of his undertakings in the Catholic Church during his life time, his genius has come to be more and more recognized after his death, and his influence can hardly be exaggerated. While writing this study of Cardinal Newman, Avery Dulles was himself created a Cardinal.
*Avery Robert Dulles (August 24, 1918 – December 12, 2008) was a Jesuit priest, theologian, cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church and served as the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University from 1988 to 2008. He was an internationally known author, lecturer and friend of Pope Beneduct XVI.
"…a revival of much of the traditional understanding of John Henry Newman….a clear concise, and insightful survey of Newman’s ideas." — The Weekly Standard, May 5, 2003
Table of Contents:
Newman's pilgrimage of faith
Redemption, justification, and sanctification
Faith and reason
The proof of Christianity
Revelation, doctrine, and development
The Church as organ of revelation
The roles of theologians and the laity
The Church and the Churches
Newman in retrospect