Newman the Theologian: The Nature of Belief and Doctrine as Exemplified in His Life and Works

Newman the Theologian: The Nature of Belief and Doctrine as Exemplified in His Life and Works

Newman the Theologian: The Nature of Belief and Doctrine as Exemplified in His Life and Works

Newman the Theologian: The Nature of Belief and Doctrine as Exemplified in His Life and Works

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Since the middle of the last century, the various techniques of science have been pressed into the service of the historian of Christian dogma. The facts brought to light by this microscopic scrutiny bring the Catholic apologist sharply up against the problem of the development of doctrine, one of the most difficult he has ever had to confront. Newman, however, at the time of the Oxford Movement, long before this problem was generally recognised, had seen it as concerning him vitally and ineluctably in his journey "ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem". He attacked it with all the force of his intellect, and the victory he gained revealed to him a "Blessed Vision of Peace" : the living Church of Christ. It is due to him that the idea of development has found a permanent place in Anglican theology. In the Catholic field, his Essay opened up new problems in the history of dogma, broadened its scope, and rendered more fruitful its . . .

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