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An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent / Edition 1

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Overview


This classic of Christian apologetics seeks to persuade the skeptic that there are good reasons to believe in God even though it si impossible to understand the Deity fully. First written over a century ago, the Grammar of Assent speaks as powerfully to us today as it did to its first readers. Because of the informal, non-technical character of Newman's work, it still retains its immediacy as an invaluable guide to the nature of religious belief. An introduction by Nicholas Lash reviews the background of the Grammar, highlights its principal themes, and evaluates its philosophical originality.
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“Lash’s introduction to this recent reissue of Newman’s Grammar makes that work accessible to contemporary students of philosophy and theology alike. If one wishes a fresh perspective on the shape of the ‘critical questions’ facing philosophical theology, as well as an object lesson in the norms implicit in ordinary discourse properly employed, that person would be well advised to take up this century-old volume.” —Theological Studies

“The combination of Newman’s original genius, complemented by Nicholas Lash’s ability to focus his concerns onto ours, makes this edition a useful tool for teachers.” —America

“Here is presented one of the most famous 19th century statements of Christian apologetics, including a most influential analysis of the faith-reason controversy.” —Reprint Bulletin Book Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268010003
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 5/1/1979
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 865,175
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


NICHOLAS LASH is Emeritus Norris-Hulse Professor of Divinity at the University of Cambridge and author of Believing Three Ways in One God and Easter in Ordinary, also published by the University of Notre Dame Press.
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Table of Contents

Part I. Assent and Apprehension: 1. Modes of holding and apprehending propositions; 2. Assent considered as apprehensive; 3. The apprehension of propositions; 4. Notional and real assent; 5. Apprehensive assents in religious matters; Part II. Assent and Inference: 6. Assent considered as unconditional; 7. Certitude; 8. Inference; 9. The illative sense; 10. Inferential assents in religious matters.

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