This book blends historical, theological, and philosophical inquiries into what “modernity” means with the aim of showing how Newman can analyze, critique, and explain fruitful ways forward within a diverse range of subjects. First, it surveys historical and theological topics such as how Newman understood “modernity,” the sensus fidelium, the role of doubt and modern views of reason; Newman’s university ideal; and a return to the saint for much-needed anthropological insights. Second, the volume shows how Newman’s thought can be insightfully applied to key issues within church and society: the need to redefine “American” Catholicism, the challenge of secularization, the role of Christian joy, revelation and religious diversity, progress traps and the ecological crisis, and overcoming post-modern individualism. Throughout each chapter, contributors consistently bring Newman’s original and penetrating thought to bear upon critical themes in theological anthropology, ecclesiology, comparative theology, and spirituality. The volume shows how Newman’s thought can be extended and enriched by dialogue with contemporary thinkers such as Charles Taylor, Pope Francis, and Bruno Latour. In brief, the contributors demonstrate how Newman can help frame contemporary self-understandings and various theological and social imaginaries in the light of faith.
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About the Author
Brian W. Hughes is professor of theology in the Theology and Pastoral Ministry Program at the University of Saint Mary.
Danielle Nussberger is associate professor of systematic theology and director of undergraduate studies at Marquette University.
Table of Contents
Brian W. Hughes and Danielle Nussberger
Theological-historical Investigations and Newman’s Influence on Contemporary Thinkers
1 Consulting the Faithful: the Origins and Afterlife of Newman’s Idea
2 Newman and the Architecture of Knowledge in the Modern University
3 Newman on Doubt as a Natural Cognitive Process
4 Sainthood Revisited in Newman and Balthasar
Contemporary Applications of Newman’s Thought
5 Christianity after the “Eclipse of Grace”: John Henry Newman and Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age
6 Newman and American Catholicism: The Search for a Hemispheric Ecclesiology
7 Dealing with the Fragmentation of Knowledge: The Complex Grounds for Faith in Newman, Adorno, and Latour
8 Universal Revelation and Religious Diversity: On Supersessionism, Religious Diversity, and John Henry Newman
9 Progress Traps and Christian Eschatology: Newman, Christian Spirituality, and Acedia
10 Newman, Pope Francis, and the Paradoxical Nature of Christian Joy
Brian W. Hughes
About the Contributors