Newman's Unquiet Grave

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John Henry Newman was the most eminent English-speaking Christian thinker and writer of the past two hundred years. James Joyce hailed him the 'greatest' prose stylist of the Victorian age.

A problematic campaign to canonise Newman started fifty years ago. 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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Overview

John Henry Newman was the most eminent English-speaking Christian thinker and writer of the past two hundred years. James Joyce hailed him the 'greatest' prose stylist of the Victorian age.

A problematic campaign to canonise Newman started fifty years ago. 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'?

In Newman's Unquiet Grave John Cornwell (author of A Thief in the Night and Hitler's Pope) tells the story of the chequered attempts to establish Newman's sanctity against the background of major developments within Catholicism. His life was marked by personal feuds, self-absorption, accusations of professional and artistic narcissism, hypochondria, and same-sex friendships that at times bordered on the apparent homo-erotic.

John Cornwell investigates the process of Newman's elevation to sainthood to present a highly original and controversial new portrait of the great man's life and genius for a new generation of religious and non-religious readers alike.

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Editorial Reviews

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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441150844
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/10/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 958,170
  • 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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Table of Contents

Preface

Prologue 1

PART ONE

Chapter 1 Who is John Henry Newman? 7

Chapter 2 Meeting Doctor Newman 13

Chapter 3 Dreams and imagination 21

Chapter 4 Fellow of Oriel 33

Chapter 5 To The Mediterranean 48

Chapter 6 The Oxford Movement 57

Chapter 7 Parting of friends 71

Chapter 8 How doctrine develops 84

PART TWO

Chapter 9 Rome at last 93

Chapter 10 Oratory 109

Chapter 11 Idea of a University 122

Chapter 12 Tribulations, heresy and the faithful 138

Chapter 13 Apologia 154

Chapter 14 The Dream of Gerontius 173

Chapter 15 The Grammar of Assent 183

Chapter 16 Papal infallibility 192

PART THREE

Chapter 17 Death of Ambrose St John 203

Chapter 18 Last years and death 213

Chapter 19 Connubium in death 220

Chapter 20 Newman's legacy 231

Epilogue 239

Acknowledgments 247

Notes to the Chapters (and the Abbreviations used) 249

Index 265

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