Apologia Pro Vita Sua and Six Sermons

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This newly edited version of John Henry Newman’s Apologia Pro Vita Sua sheds new light on Newman’s celebrated account of his passage from the Church of England to the Roman Catholic Church and repositions his narrative within the context of transformative religious journeys of other Victorian intellectuals. Frank M. Turner is the first historian of Victorian thought, religion, and culture to edit Newman’s classic autobiographical narrative. Drawing on extensive research in contemporary printed materials and archives, Turner’s powerfully revisionist Introduction reevaluates and challenges the historical adequacy of previous interpretations of Newman’s life and of the Apologia itself. He further presents Newman’s volume as a response to ultramontane assertions of papal authority in the l860s.

In addition to numerous explanatory textual annotations, the volume includes an Appendix featuring six important Anglican sermons that providesignificant insights into Newman’s thought during the years recounted in the Apologia.

John Henry Newman's conversion to Roman Catholicism rocked the Church of England to its foundation and escalated the spread of virulent anti-catholicism in Victorian England. A rigorous examination of his own religious development, enlivened by touches of satire and sometimes invective, Apologia pro Vita Sua is a spiritual autobiography of great power.

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Editorial Reviews

The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

"An exceptionally fertile and thought-provoking interpretation of both John Henry Newman and his great work."--Colin Barr, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History

— Colin Barr

George Levine

"Frank Turner provides a genuinely new and exciting reading of Newman's much-read Apologia, juxtaposing the historical conditions of nineteenth-century England with Newman's version of them."—George Levine, Rutgers University
James Carroll
"In his own life and for the Church, John Henry Newman navigated the narrows between change and tradition, freedom and dogma, conscience and authority. Such tensions split the world still. Newman's masterpiece, as elegantly presented by Frank M. Turner, has never been more relevant."—James Carroll, author of House of War
The Journal of Ecclesiastical History - Colin Barr
"An exceptionally fertile and thought-provoking interpretation of both John Henry Newman and his great work."—Colin Barr, The Journal of Ecclesiastical History
Robert Bruce Mullin
“Professor Turner has written a very full and significant Introduction for this new edition of the Apologia. It will be a great addition to the scholarly literature on Newman.”—Robert Bruce Mullin, SPRL Professor of History, The General Theological Seminary
George Levine
"Frank Turner provides a genuinely new and exciting reading of Newman's much-read Apologia, juxtaposing the historical conditions of nineteenth-century England with Newman's version of them."—George Levine, Rutgers University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300115079
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Frank M. Turner (1944–2010) was John Hay Whitney Professor of History at Yale University. He was the author of John Henry Newman: The Challenge to Evangelical Relgion.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Preface     vii
Editor's Introduction: The Newman of the Apologia and the Newman of History     1
Apologia Pro Vita Sua: Being a History of His Religious Opinions
Preface     119
History of My Religious Opinions to the Year 1833     131
History of My Religious Opinions from 1833 to 1839     163
History of My Religious Opinions from 1839 to 1841     208
History of My Religious Opinions from 1841 to 1845     252
Position of My Mind since 1845     320
Editor's Preface to Newman's Notes     354
On page 144. Liberalism     359
On page 152. Ecclesiastical Miracles     370
On page 257. Sermon on Wisdom and Innocence     379
On page 301. Series of Saints' Lives of 1843-4     389
On page 312. The Anglican Church     408
On page 343. The Economy     412
On page 350. Lying and Equivocation     416
Editor's Preface to Newman's Supplemental Matter     427
Supplemental Matter     429
Letters and Papers of the Author Used in the Course of This Work     429
List of the Author's Publications     431
Letter of Approbation and Encouragement from the Bishop of the Diocese of Birmingham, Dr. Ullathorne     433
Letters ofApprobation and Encouragement from Clergy and Laity     436
Editor's Appendix: Six Sermons   John Henry Newman     445
Obedience to God the Way to Faith in Christ     448
Religious Emotion     457
The Religious Use of Excited Feelings     464
Sudden Conversions     471
Wisdom and Innocence     478
The Parting of Friends     487
Index     497
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2008


    Serious students of the seminal 19th century English thinker and likely to be canonized Roman Catholic saint, Cardinal John Henry Newman, ought to burn incense to History Professor Frank M. Turner of Yale University. For Turner, also current Director of Yale's Beinecke Library, shines light into neglected corners of Newman's personal history, mental enthusiasms and ways his contemporaries reacted to his thinking out loud and very publicly about matters of church and state. *** Professor Turner created 'the thinking man's Cliffs Notes' in his 1996 edition of Newman's THE IDEA OF A UNIVERSITY, a tough Victorian volume imposed on many an American student seeking undergraduate or advanced degrees in education. After digesting Turner's masterly eleven page essay on 'Reading THE IDEA OF A UNIVERSITY,' many a crammer might have been tempted to skip reflections by Newman while he was trying to create a Catholic university in Dublin. *** Then came Turner's 2002, 740 page JOHN HENRY NEWMAN: THE CHALLENGE TO EVANGELICAL RELIGION. Here the professor proves that Newman was viscerally obsessed with ultra-Protestant trends within the Anglican church since the rise of Methodism: including exaltation of emotional religious conversion experience at the expense of baptism and a hierarchical, sacramental Church of England. *** That second book set the stage for Frank Turner's 2008 edition of APOLOGIA PRO VITA SUA & SIX SERMONS -- seven meaty texts by John Henry Newman. The heart of Turner's APOLOGIA is a breathtakingly brilliant and original 115 page 'Editor's Introduction' to a mere 350-plus pages of Newman. Most of the Editor's Introduction could function as a much needed executive summary to the fiendishly difficult and intricate argumentation of Turner's 2002 CHALLENGE TO EVANGELICAL RELIGION. Turner also fleshes out the 1865 'book form not pamphlets' edition of APOLOGIA with six sermons from Newman's Anglican years. They usefully illuminate and give context to APOLOGIA. *** Turner complains that, unlike Newman's contemporaries, too many later and current writers about John Henry Newman, were or remain so dazzled by the brilliance of APOLOGIA that they felt excused from serious delving into contemporary criticism or asking themselves whether Newman, in 1864 and 1865, selected to his own advantage his memories of the Tractarian controversies of the 1830s and 1840s. Too much 'Newmania.' Too much hagiography. Too little scholarly digging. It is hard to argue that Professor Turner is wrong. -OOO-

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