The 150th anniversary of John Henry Newman’s reception into the Roman Catholic Church was marked by an international conference at Oriel College, Oxford in 1995. This book is a carefully edited selection of the best papers from his conference. It is an interdisciplinary study, with contributions from distinguished scholars in the fields of history, literature, philosophy and theology.
Newman’s conversion is one of the most momentous in the history of religion. His own autobiographical account ranks with St. Augustine’s Confessions as a spiritual classic; but it is also one of the masterpieces of Victorian prose and represented the first serious challenge to the long English ‘no Popery’ tradition. Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, which set out his ultimate theological reasons for joining the church of Rome. Fascinated by the phenomenon of conversion, Newman not only dramatized it in two novels, but towards the end of his life he also completed his magnum opus on the philosophical justification of religious assent, Grammar of Assent.
These and other aspects of conversion in the life and writings of Newman are explored in this wide-ranging and illuminating study.
T&T Clark, 1997. Softcover, 154 pp.