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The Cambridge Companion to John Henry Newman


Part of Cambridge Companions to Religion

Ian Ker, Terrence Merrigan, Sheridan Gilley, Brian Daley, Thomas J. Norris, Thomas L. Sheridan, Gerard H. McCarren, Francis A. Sullivan, Avery Dulles, Gerard J. Hughes, Gerard Loughlin, Denis Robinson, David D. Burrell
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  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521692724

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  • John Henry Newman (1801–90) was a major figure in nineteenth-century religious history. He was one of the major protagonists of the Oxford or Tractarian Movement within the Church of England whose influence continues to be felt within Anglicanism. A high-profile convert to Catholicism, he was an important commentator on Vatican I and is often called 'the Father' of the Second Vatican Council. Newman's thinking highlights and anticipates the central themes of modern theology including hermeneutics, the importance of historical-critical research, the relationship between theology and literature, and the reinterpretation of the nature of faith. His work is characterised by two elements that have come especially to the fore in post-modern theology, namely, the importance of the religious imagination and the fiduciary character of all knowledge. This Companion fills a need for an accessible, comprehensive and systematic presentation of the major themes in Newman's work.

    • A rigorous academic introduction to a major intellectual figure of Victorian England
    • Avoids denominational agendas and makes Newman's thought accessible to readers of all faiths or none
    • Provides reading suggestions to guide students through the daunting mass of secondary literature
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… we almost have an embarrassment of riches from an international team of Newman scholars. … this [book] will prove of enormous help to those coming to the Cardinal's work for the first time.' Contemporary Review

    'By raising the issues that mattered to him [Newman] in ways that stimulate and challenge readers, it encourages them to explore those issues further for themselves.' Theology

    'The Cambridge Companion to [John Henry] Newman is a splendid volume. The bench of contributors is tremendous and the authors manage to strike a balance between providing nifty summaries of aspects of Newman's thought (useful for the general reader) and more focused speculations about the intricacies of Newman's theologising (which will thrill specialists).' Catholic Herald

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521692724
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Preface Ian Ker and Terrence Merrigan
    Abbreviations and references
    Notes on contributors
    1. Life and writings Sheridan Gilley
    2. The Church Fathers Brian Daley
    3. Revelation Terrence Merrigan
    4. Faith Thomas J. Norris
    5. Justification Thomas L. Sheridan
    6. Development of doctrine Gerard H. McCarren
    7. The Church as communion Ian Ker
    8. Infallibility Francis A. Sullivan
    9. Authority in the Church Avery Dulles
    10. Conscience Gerard J. Hughes
    11. Theology in the University Gerard Loughlin
    12. Preaching Denis Robinson
    13. Newman in retrospect David D. Burrell.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • History of Christian Doctrine
    • Newman Seminar
  • Editors

    Ian Ker, St Benet's Hall, Oxford
    Ian Ker is Senior Research Fellow in Theology at St Benet's Hall, Oxford. He has published over twenty books, mostly on Newman, including John Henry Newman: A Biography (1988, 1999).

    Terrence Merrigan, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
    Terrence Merrigan is Professor of Systematic Theology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His many publications include Newman and Truth (2008).


    Ian Ker, Terrence Merrigan, Sheridan Gilley, Brian Daley, Thomas J. Norris, Thomas L. Sheridan, Gerard H. McCarren, Francis A. Sullivan, Avery Dulles, Gerard J. Hughes, Gerard Loughlin, Denis Robinson, David D. Burrell

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