Fifteen Sermons Preached before the University of Oxford between A.D. 1826 and 1843 / Edition 3

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"And now after reading these Sermons I must say I think they are, as a whole, the best things I have written." —John Henry Newman   
These remarkable sermons by John Henry Newman (1801-1890) were first published at Oxford in 1843, two years before he was received into the Roman Catholic Church. Published here in its entirety is the third edition of 1872 for which Newman added an additional sermon, bracketed notes, and, importantly, a comprehensive, condensed Preface.  More accessible to the beginning Newman reader than the Grammar of Assent, these highly original sermons are "of the nature of an exploring expedition into an all but unknown country," says Newman; for they were written "with no aid from Anglican, and no knowledge of Catholic theologians."  Often overlooked these early sermons provide indispensable insights and clues about the leading ideas of his later well-known works.

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“Because faith restores all things natural, it gives the intellectual back his intellect. One might almost characterize the Fifteen Sermons as lessons in how to think—but that is not their only reason. As they lead the reader through the intricate relations of faith and reason, they may also prompt the educated man to pay a little more attention to his nightly prayers.” —New Oxford Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780268009960
  • Publisher: University of Notre Dame Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1996
  • Series: Notre Dame Series in the Great Book Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 351
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

In her introduction, noted Newman scholar Mary Katherine Tillman considers the volume as an integral whole, showing how all of the sermons systematically relate to the central theme of the faith-reason relationship. Mary Katherine Tillman is Associate Professor in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame. Her many publications on John Henry Newman include "'What, Then Does Dr. Newman Mean?':  The Vision and the Views" in The Challenge and Promise of a Catholic University.  (University of Notre Dame Press, 1994).

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Table of Contents

The Definitive Third Edition of 1872: An Introduction
Preface to the Third Edition
1 The Philosophical Temper, First Enjoined by the Gospel 1
2 The Influence of Natural and Revealed Religion Respectively 16
3 Evangelical Sanctity the Perfection of Natural Virtue 37
4 The Usurpations of Reason 54
5 Personal Influence, the Means of Propagating the Truth 75
6 On Justice, as a Principle of Divine Governance 99
7 Contest between Faith and Sight 120
8 Human Responsibility, as Independent of Circumstances 136
9 Wilfulness, the Sin of Saul 156
10 Faith and Reason, Contrasted as Habits of Mind 176
11 The Nature of Faith in Relation to Reason 202
12 Love the Safeguard of Faith against Superstition 222
13 Implicit and Explicit Reason 251
14 Wisdom, as Contrasted with Faith and with Bigotry 278
15 The Theory of Developments in Religious Doctrine 312
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