Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Newman and Faith

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

Newman and Faith

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IAN KER AND TERRENCE MERRIGAN, EDS. Newman and Faith. Louvain Theological & Pastoral Monographs 31. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Peelers Press and W.B. Eerdmans, 2004. Pp. vii + 217, indices. $32.00 (paper).

This edition captures a selection of the primary papers delivered at the third Oxford International Newman Conference in August 2001, celebrating the two-hundredth anniversary of Newman's birth. The conference theme was "Newman and Faith," a topic which consumed much of Newman's life and work.

The first paper by D.Z. Phillips examines the relationship between faith and reason from a philosophical perspective. He holds that there are four possible interpretations of Newman's thought. Gerard Loughlin suggests in his work that Newman was a type of narrativist theologian. The third paper by Gerard J. Hughes, SJ. argues that Newman's treatment of conscience must be viewed in terms of its Aristotelian rather than scholastic background.

Bruno Forte demonstrates that Newman's original thinking with regards to doctrinal development lies primarily in its synthesis of the ontological, hermeneutic, and ecclesiological dimensions. Co-editor Terrence Merrigan claims Newman had a novel interpretation of the distinction between the notional and real, as demonstrated in his original approach to Trinitarian and Christological debate.

Ian Ker explores Newman's significance as a historical theologian of the councils, especially in reference to Vatican II. Geoffrey Wainwright discusses Newman's writings on the sacramental principle and all that flows from this notion. Finally, Elisabeth Jay takes a literary approach to the autobiographical slant of Newman's novel Callista, with particular reference to the character of Juba. …

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