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Newman and Conversion

Newman and Conversion

John Henry Cardinal Newman
Edited by Ian Ker

The 150th anniversary of John Henry Newman’s reception into the Roman Catholic Church was marked by an international conference at Oriel College, Oxford in 1995. This book is a carefully edited selection of the best papers from his conference. It is an interdisciplinary study, with contributions from distinguished scholars in the fields of history, literature, philosophy and theology.

Newman’s conversion is one of the most momentous in the history of religion. His own autobiographical account ranks with St. Augustine’s Confessions as a spiritual classic; but it is also one of the masterpieces of Victorian prose and represented the first serious challenge to the long English ‘no Popery’ tradition.

In the same year as his conversion, Newman published his celebrated Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, which set out his ultimate theological reasons for joining the church of Rome. Fascinated by the
phenomenon of conversion, Newman not only dramatized it in two novels, but towards the end of his life he also completed his magnum opus on the philosophical justification of religious assent, Grammar of Assent.

These and other aspects of conversion in the life and writings of Newman are explored in this wide-ranging and illuminating study.

Contributors: Cyril Barrett, S.J., Sheridan Gilley, Terrence Merrigan, Ronald Begley, Ian Ker, Aidan Nichols, O.P., Avery Dulles, S.J., and John Macquarrie

ISBN: 978-0-268-01482-7
160 pages
Publication Year: 1997

Ian Ker is the author and editor of many books on J.H. Newman, including the definitive biography and Newman and the Fullness of Christianity.

“Seven of these eight papers were presented at an international conference held at Oriel College, Oxford, to mark the 150th anniversary of Newman’s conversion. They treat the English context of Newman’s conversion; the key stages of Newman’s journey to Rome; his post-conversion discovery of Catholicism; metaphor in the Apologia and Newman’s conversion; Newman and Wittgenstein on the rationality of belief; Newman’s Essay on Development in Balthasarian perspective; and Newman and the contemporary theology of religions.”
Theology Digest

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Newman and Conversion

John Henry Cardinal Newman
Edited by Ian Ker

 Newman and Conversion
Paper Edition

The 150th anniversary of John Henry Newman’s reception into the Roman Catholic Church was marked by an international conference at Oriel College, Oxford in 1995. This book is a carefully edited selection of the best papers from his conference. It is an interdisciplinary study, with contributions from distinguished scholars in the fields of history, literature, philosophy and theology.

Newman’s conversion is one of the most momentous in the history of religion. His own autobiographical account ranks with St. Augustine’s Confessions as a spiritual classic; but it is also one of the masterpieces of Victorian prose and represented the first serious challenge to the long English ‘no Popery’ tradition.

In the same year as his conversion, Newman published his celebrated Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, which set out his ultimate theological reasons for joining the church of Rome. Fascinated by the
phenomenon of conversion, Newman not only dramatized it in two novels, but towards the end of his life he also completed his magnum opus on the philosophical justification of religious assent, Grammar of Assent.

These and other aspects of conversion in the life and writings of Newman are explored in this wide-ranging and illuminating study.

Contributors: Cyril Barrett, S.J., Sheridan Gilley, Terrence Merrigan, Ronald Begley, Ian Ker, Aidan Nichols, O.P., Avery Dulles, S.J., and John Macquarrie

ISBN: 978-0-268-01482-7

160 pages

“Seven of these eight papers were presented at an international conference held at Oriel College, Oxford, to mark the 150th anniversary of Newman’s conversion. They treat the English context of Newman’s conversion; the key stages of Newman’s journey to Rome; his post-conversion discovery of Catholicism; metaphor in the Apologia and Newman’s conversion; Newman and Wittgenstein on the rationality of belief; Newman’s Essay on Development in Balthasarian perspective; and Newman and the contemporary theology of religions.”
Theology Digest