Newman's Unquiet Grave

Newman's Unquiet Grave

by John Cornwell
     
 

Hailed by James Joyce as the greatest prose stylist of the Victorian age, John Henry Newman was the most eminent English-speaking Christian thinker of the past two hundred years. Fifty years ago a problematic campaign to canonise Newman was started. After many delays John Paul II declared him a 'Venerable'. Then Pope Benedict XVI, a keen student of Newman's works,

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Hailed by James Joyce as the greatest prose stylist of the Victorian age, John Henry Newman was the most eminent English-speaking Christian thinker of the past two hundred years. Fifty years ago a problematic campaign to canonise Newman was started. After many delays John Paul II declared him a 'Venerable'. Then Pope Benedict XVI, a keen student of Newman's works, pressed for his beatification. But was Newman a 'Saint'?

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Publishers Weekly
When John Henry Newman converted from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism in 1845, it represented something of an anticlimax in the career of an Anglican divine and his efforts, through the influential Oxford Movement, to bring the English church back to its Catholic roots. A renowned scholar and thinker, Newman produced thousands of pages that some have considered the finest theological writing of his time. Even today, Newman continues to shape the thoughts of aspiring theologians. But as Cornwell, prolific author of works on Catholicism, suggests, the good cardinal had his detractors. The author suggests that there may be sufficient contradictions in, and perhaps enough unanswered questions about, his subject's life to call into question Newman's upcoming beatification, expected in September. Newman's spiritual and, indeed, philosophical journey serves as a fascinating template for understanding the 19th-century Catholic Church and its trajectories into England. This is a wonderfully realized study of a complex man, required reading for every student of English history and its rich Christian tradition. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441150844
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date:
09/10/2010
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

John Cornwell is a journalist and author with a lifelong interest in literature, religion, and science. His books have included A Thief in the Night, Hitler's Pope, and Seminary Boy. In 1984 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and currently directs the Science and Human Dimension Project at Jesus College, Cambridge.

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