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John Henry Newman (1801-90) was a major figure in nineteenth-century religious history. He was one of the major protagonists of the Oxford or Tractarian Movement within the Church of England, whose influence continues to be felt within Anglicanism. A high-profile convert to Catholicism, he was an important commentator on Vatican I and is often called 'the Father' of the Second Vatican Council. Newman's thinking highlights and anticipates the central themes of modern theology, including hermeneutics, the importance of historical-critical research, the relationship between theology and literature, and the reinterpretation of the nature of faith. His work is characterised by two elements that have come especially to the fore in post-modern theology, namely, the importance of the religious imagination and the fiduciary character of all knowledge. This Companion fills a need for an accessible, comprehensive and systematic presentation of the major themes in Newman's work.
About the Author
Ian Ker is Senior Research Fellow in Theology at St Benet's Hall, Oxford. He has published over twenty books, mostly on Newman, including John Henry Newman: A Biography (1988, 1999).
Terrence Merrigan is Professor of Systematic Theology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His many publications include Newman and Truth (2008).
Table of Contents
Preface page xi
List of abbreviations and references xiii
Notes on contributors xvi
1 Life and writings Sheridan Gilley 1
2 The Church Fathers Brian E. Daley 29
3 Revelation Terrence Merrigan 47
4 Faith Thomas J. Norris 73
5 Justification Thomas L. Sheridan 98
6 Development of doctrine Gerard H. McCarren 118
7 The Church as communion Ian Ker 137
8 Infallibility Francis A. Sullivan 156
9 Authority in the Church Avery Dulles 170
10 Conscience Gerard J. Hughes 189
11 Theology in the university Gerard Loughlin 221
12 Preaching Denis Robinson 241
13 Newman in retrospect David B. Burrell 255