Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

John Henry Newman: Universal Revelation

Academic journal article Anglican and Episcopal History

John Henry Newman: Universal Revelation

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FRANCIS MCGRATH. John Henry Newman: Universal Revelation, Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press. 1997. Pp. 169, indices, bibliography. $30.00.

Francis McGrath has written an interesting text on an important facet of the thought of John Henry Newman, specifically his work on universal revelation. Newman was an occasional writer and not a systematic thinker so McGrath was forced to gather his information from several sources. Despite Newman's method. McGrath presents a quite organized discussion of Newman's thought. He traces the development of Newman's understanding of revelation by utilizing the full range of primary sources housed in the Birmingham Oratory Archives.

McGrath hopes to make up for a lack of examination of Newman's thought on revelation and its existence outside Christianity. He attempts to trace Newman's perspective from his early evangelical years, through the Tractarian Movement, and the second half of his life when he was a Roman Catholic. McGrath's work further examines four related themes: external and internal evidences for revelation; revelation and development; revelation and mystery; revelation and inspiration. He is convinced that the thought that is dispersed throughout Newman's sermons, essays and letters is of great value.

Newman was to fall under a definite creed and receive the impressions of dogma as a result of his evangelical conversion. Shortly after his ordination he entered into a lengthy argument with his brother Charles who had announced his abandonment of Christianity. McGrath reports that Newman released a series of sermons that were narrow in scope. They only recognized Judaism and Christianity as sources of revelation. …

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