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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 Ian Ker and Terrence Merrigan; Abbreviations and references; Notes on contributors; 1. Life and writings Sheridan Gilley; 2. The Church Fathers Brian Daley; 3. Revelation Terrence Merrigan; 4. Faith Thomas J. Norris; 5. Justification Thomas L. Sheridan; 6. Development of doctrine Gerard H. McCarren; 7. The Church as communion Ian Ker; 8. Infallibility Francis A. Sullivan; 9. Authority in the Church Avery Dulles; 10. Conscience Gerard J. Hughes; 11. Theology in the University Gerard Loughlin; 12. Preaching Denis Robinson; 13. Newman in retrospect David D. Burrell.