An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine

An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine

by John Henry Newman


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ISBN-13: 9781108021463
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/04/2010
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Religion Series
Pages: 476
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Dr James Tolhurst was on the staff of the Royal English College Valladolid and Dean of Studies for the Permanent Diaconate in the Southern English dioceses. He is the series editor of the Newman Millennium Edition, his many books published by Gracewing include The Church, A Communion in the Preaching and Thought of John Henry Newman and the annotated edition of Newman's Tracts for the Times.

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CHAPTER I. ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF IDEAS. SECTION I. ON THE PROCESS OF DEVELOPMENT IN IDEAS. It is the characteristic of our minds to be ever engaged in passing judgment on the things which come before us. No sooner do we apprehend than we judge: we allow nothing to stand by itself: we compare, contrast, abstract, generalize, connect, adjust, classify: and we view all our knowledge in the associations with which these processes have invested it. Of the judgments thus made, which become aspects in our minds of the things which meet us, some are mere opinions which come and go, or which remain with us only till an accident displaces them, whatever be the influence which they exercise meanwhile. Others are firmly fixed in our minds, with or without good reason, and have a hold upon us, whether they relate to matters of fact, or to principles of conduct, or are views of life and the world, or are prejudices, imaginations, or convictions. Many of them attach to one and the same object, which is thus variously viewed, not only by various minds, but by the same. They sometimes lie in such near relation, that each implies the others; some are only not inconsistent with each other, in that they have a common origin : some, as being actually incompatible with each other, are, one or other, falsely associated in our minds with their object, and in any case they may be nothing more than ideas, which we mistake for things. Thus Judaism is an idea which once was objective, and Gnosticism is an idea which was never so. Both of them have various aspects : those of Judaism were such as monotheism, a certain ethical discipline, a ministration of divine vengeance, a preparation forChristianity: those of the Gnostic idea are such as the doctrine of two principles. that of emanatio...

Table of Contents

Advertisement; Introduction;
1. On the development of ideas;
2. On the development of Christian ideas, antecedently considered;
3. On the nature of the argument in behalf of the existing developments of Christianity;
4. Illustrations of the argument in behalf of the existing developments of Christianity;
5. Illustrations continued;
6. Illustrations continued;
7. Illustrations continued;
8. Illustrations concluded.

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