Apologia Pro Vita Sua: Being a Reply to a Pamphlet Entitled 'What, Then, Does Dr. Newman Mean?'

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John Henry Newman (1801–1890) was an English priest and theologian, whose highly publicised and controversial conversion to Catholicism helped to dispel prejudice towards Catholics in Victorian society. After graduating from Trinity College, Oxford, Newman was ordained as an Anglican deacon in 1824. He gradually became more conservative in his beliefs, becoming a member of the Oxford Movement before converting to Catholicism and being received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1845; he was made a cardinal in ...
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John Henry Newman (1801–1890) was an English priest and theologian, whose highly publicised and controversial conversion to Catholicism helped to dispel prejudice towards Catholics in Victorian society. After graduating from Trinity College, Oxford, Newman was ordained as an Anglican deacon in 1824. He gradually became more conservative in his beliefs, becoming a member of the Oxford Movement before converting to Catholicism and being received into the Roman Catholic Church in 1845; he was made a cardinal in 1879. This volume, first published in 1864, contains Newman's classic religious autobiography. Writing in response to a perceived attack on Catholicism by historian and novelist Charles Kingsley, Newman describes his changing religious beliefs between 1833 and 1845 and discusses his spiritual motivations for converting. Newman's emotional sensitivity and clear style ensured the popularity of this volume, which was extremely influential in establishing him as the leading exponent of Catholicism in Victorian England.

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: 9781108021470
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2010
  • Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Religion Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 566
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.30 (d)

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Frank M. Turner is John Hay Whitney Professor of History and director of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University. He is the author of John Henry Newman: The Challenge to Evangelical Relgion (Yale).

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APOLOGIA PRO VITA SUA: BEING ENTITLED "WHAT, THEN, DOES DR. NEWMAN MEAN?" " Commit thy way to the Lord, and trust in Him, and He will do it. And He will bring forth thy justice as the light, and thy judgment as the noon-day." BY JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, D.D. PART VI. HISTORY OF MY RELIGIOUS OPINIONS. LONDON: LONGMAN, GREEN, LONGMAN, ROBERTS, AND GREEN. Price Two Shillings and Sixpence. PART VI. HISTORY OF MY RELIGIOUS OPINIONS. PART VI. HISTORY OF MY RELIGIOUS OPINIONS. From the end of 1841, I was on my death-bed, as regards my membership with the Anglican Church, though at the time I became aware of it only by degrees. I introduce what I have to say with this remark, by way of accounting for the character of this remaining portion of my narrative. A death-bed has scarcely a history; it is a tedious decline, with seasons of rallying and seasons of falling back; and since the end is foreseen, or what is called a matter of time, it has little interest for the reader, especially if he has a kind heart. Moreover, it is a season when doors are closed and curtains drawn, and when the sick man neither cares nor is able to record the stages of his malady. I was in these circumstances, except so far as I was not allowed to die in peace, except so far as friends, who had still a full right to come in upon me, and the public world which had not, have given a sort of history to those last four years. But in consequence, my narrative must be in great measure documentary. Letters of mine tofriends have come to me since their deaths; others have been kindly lent me for the occasion; and I have some drafts of letters, and notes of my own, though I have no strictly personal or continuousmemoranda to consult, and have unluckily mislaid some valuable papers. And...
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Table of Contents

1. Mr. Kingsley's method of disputation; 2. True mode of meeting Mr. Kingsley; 3. History of my religious opinions up to 1833; 4. History of my religious opinions from 1833 to 1839; 5. History of my religious opinions from 1839 to 1841; 6. History of my religious opinions from 1841 to 1845; 7. General answer to Mr. Kingsley; Appendix - Answer in detail to Mr. Kingsley's accusations.
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