Apologia Pro Vita Sua: Geschichte Meiner Religiösen Überzeugungen

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A highly influential figure in the Church of England, John Henry Newman stunned the Anglican community in 1843, when he left his position as vicar of St. Mary's, Oxford, to join the Roman Catholic church. Perhaps no one took greater offense than Protestant clergyman Charles Kingsley, whose scathing attacks against Newman's faith and honor inspired this brilliant response. Apologia Pro Vita Sua, Newman's spiritual autobiography, explores the depths and nature of Christianity with flowing prose and a conversational...

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A highly influential figure in the Church of England, John Henry Newman stunned the Anglican community in 1843, when he left his position as vicar of St. Mary's, Oxford, to join the Roman Catholic church. Perhaps no one took greater offense than Protestant clergyman Charles Kingsley, whose scathing attacks against Newman's faith and honor inspired this brilliant response. Apologia Pro Vita Sua, Newman's spiritual autobiography, explores the depths and nature of Christianity with flowing prose and a conversational style that has ensured its status as a classic.
"False ideas may be refuted by argument, but by true ideas alone are they expelled. I will vanquish," Newman promised, "not my accuser, but my judges." His honest and passionate defense consists of a personal history of his religious convictions, from earliest memory through the Oxford movement and his ultimate conversion. His concluding point-by-point refutation of Kingsley"s charges features thought-provoking contentions that strike at the very roots of the principles underlying Protestantism. Newman won respect and admiration with his Apologia, a work that has helped clarify perceptions of Roman Catholicism among readers of every faith.
Dover (2005) unabridged of the work as published by Longmans, Green and Company, London, 1908.

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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  • ISBN-13: 9780486442136
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 6/17/2005
  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 664,881
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 8.38 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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David J. DeLaura is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania, where until 1999 he was Avalon Foundation Professor in the Humanities and Professor of English. He previously taught at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of Hebrew and Hellene in Victorian England: Newman, Arnold, and Pater. His essay "Arnold and Carlyle" received the first annual award of the Modern Language Association.

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