Conscience, Consensus, and the Development of Doctrine

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"Certainly, if I am obliged to bring religion into after-dinner toasts (which indeed does not seem quite the thing), I shall drink -- to the Pope, if you please -- still, to Conscience first, and to the Pope afterwards."
--John Henry Cardinal Newman

In the works collected here, including An Essay on the Development of Christian doctrine, A Letter Addressed to His Grace the Duke of Norfolk, and On Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine, ...

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Overview

"Certainly, if I am obliged to bring religion into after-dinner toasts (which indeed does not seem quite the thing), I shall drink -- to the Pope, if you please -- still, to Conscience first, and to the Pope afterwards."
--John Henry Cardinal Newman

In the works collected here, including An Essay on the Development of Christian doctrine, A Letter Addressed to His Grace the Duke of Norfolk, and On Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine, John Henry Cardinal Newman, the great nineteenth-century English theologian, debunks a few Catholic myths:

Myth #1: The teaching of the Catholic Church on faith and morals has never changed and never will change. Not so, this brilliant scholar says. For just as each era has new ways of understanding, so, too, must the Catholic Church always change in its understanding of faith and morals.

Myth #2: Catholics have to do whatever the Pope says. To the contrary, according to Newman's famous quip on after-dinner toasts, the ultimate obligation of Catholics is to conscience, not the Pope.

Myth #3: It's the bishops who teach, the laity who follows. Newman turns this notion upside down: The laity, he says, are the source and final seal of the church's teaching; thus the bishops must listen to them.

Never before collected in one volume, these classic works reveal Newman at his eloquent best as he speaks to the religious crises of our time.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The extensive writings of Newman (1801-90) remain important in our time. Newman, who has been advanced for canonization, was an English Catholic theologian and controversialist, poet, and musician whose rapier pen wrought devastation on his enemies. This collection of four essays includes three shorter works, The Theory of Developments in Religious Doctrine (1843), On Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine (1859), and two chapters of A Letter Addressed to His Grace the Duke of Norfolk (1874). The classic An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (1845), which led Newman from Anglicanism to the Roman Church, is included. Compiler Gaffney provides clear commentaries on the selections he calls ``revolutionary,'' which are useful for studies in developmental theology. This is recommended for religious collections and informed lay readers.-- Anna Donnelly, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, N.Y.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385422802
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 12/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 480
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1801, John Henry Newman was educated at Oxford. He was a leading Anglican clergyman until his conversion to Roman Catholicism in 1845. A theologian of enormous influence, he is also considered one of the great English stylists of the nineteenth century; his autobiography, the Apologia Pro Vita Sua, is hailed as a literary classic.

James Gaffney is a Newman scholar and the chairman of the religious studies department at Loyola University in New Orleans.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
I The Theory of Developments in Religious Doctrine 1
Introduction: Life and Growth in Religious Doctrine 3
The Theory of Developments in Religious Doctrine 6
II An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine 31
Introduction: A Theory with a Method 33
An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine 38
III On Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine 387
Introduction: The Doctrinal Role of the Laity 389
On Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine 392
IV A Letter Addressed to His Grace the Duke of Norfolk on Occasion of Mr. Gladstone's Recent Expostulation 429
Introduction: Catholic Loyalties: To Country, To Pope, To Conscience 431
A Letter Addressed to His Grace the Duke of Norfolk on Occasion of Mr. Gladstone's Recent Expostulation 434
V Appendices 458
Appendix One: Glossary of Theological Terms and Historical References 458
Appendix Two: For Further Reading 465
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