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Securus judicat orbis terrarum”: His arguments concerning Tradition are powerful and appealing. A highly influential figure in the Church of England, John Henry Newman stunned the Anglican community inwhen he left his position as vicar of St.

I could not in cool blood, nor except upon the imperious call of duty, attempt what I have set myself to do. Please try again later. Weintraub’s argument appears throughout The Value of the Individual: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Given this extreme inter textuality, it seems odd that The Force of Truth should have become one of the most popular conversion narratives of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries: His mother had died before his conversion to Roman Catholicism, but that was not, of course, the obstacle.

When Newman echoes Achilles’ words on returning to battle, “You shall know the difference, now that I am back again” 40or repeats Dido’s cry on her funeral pyre, “Exoriare aliquis! His Apologiawritten nearly twenty years later in response to a scurrilous public attack by Charles Kingsley, is a superbly crafted response to those who criticized his actions and questioned his motives, and traces his spiritual development since boyhood, his close involvement in the high church Tractarian Movement and his agonizing decision to reject the church he had been born into.

I guess I should’ve taken the title at face value. Newman had once spoken of his evangelical years ar Oxford as “a type of Protestantism”: He refers constantly to his work any reader is not likely to have read and the rational can be quite dry.

Newman’s model in the first two chapters is, I suggest, Thomas Scott’s The Force of Truththe autobiography of the writer who, according to Newman’s testimony nrwman the opening pages of the Apologia”followed truth wherever it led him” and thus “planted deep in my mind that fundamental truth of religion” The circumstances under which the Apologia was published certainly add to the suspicion that the work is not an autobiography in the usual sense: The figures explain why his actions seemed so erratic during the period —45, wavering between Anglicanism and Roman Catholicism and going in both directions and no direction at once: It substitutes first a memorial to his “dearest brothers of this House” for nwman elegy to his mother that he could nor write.


All the evidence pointed him to Rome and newkan he is finally home.

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Most people know him as the author of Westward Ho! There is a paradox here.

In one sense, his response typifies the uneasiness of all spiritual autobiographers who formulate interpretations upon which their nemwan depend. It is an exchange worth digesting in itself: Numbers in brackets indicate page breaks in the print edition and thus allow users of VW to cite or locate the original page numbers.

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I suspect I would have been better served reading about Newman than reading him, though his prose is quite lovely by eighteenth century standards, at least, which are rather low. Bunyan justified the publication of Grace Aboundingas we have seen, by treating the wanderings of the Israelites as prefigurarive of his own experiences and Moses’ record of these events as prefigurative also.

And if the analogy creates uneasiness, Newman seems doubly uneasy as he insists that he is not writing “controversially,” but is merely telling his story, narrating the events “with the one object of relating tilings as they happened to me in the course of my conversion” It shows how a intelligent modern man, a reader of Hume and Gibbon, well aware of the claims of the Enlightenment, could have faith. The Puritan Origins of the Self. Quite distinctly, he avoids henrry to exile, exodus, or wilderness wandering, and substitutes an alternative method of interpretation.

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By adopting the Augusrinian figures, Newman passes judgment on his defense of the Via Media and on many of the doctrines he held previously, recognizing them in retrospect as heresy, as a source of spiritual death.

The alteration of the title, moreover, from the original Apologia pro vita sua to the History of My Religious Opinions suggests an attempt to make the work’s intention as henrry Spiritual autobiography clear, the combination of “history” and “religious opinions” signaling two fundamental elements of the genre. But the conversion of Socinians to a more orthodox understanding of Christian tenets, especially the doctrine of the Trinity, was a major preoccupation of evangelicals, and Scott himself, as the author of an influential commentary jewman the Bible, exerted a special attraction in evangelical circles like those Newman mixed with during his early days at Oxford.


Durham observes, Newman frequently uses the motif of hrnry to the Mother Church to express his sense of exile, and on one occasion, he associates this motif with Abraham’s archetypal journey “The Spiritual Sa in Newman’s Apologia ,” Thought56 [, — Two Approaches to Generic Form 2.

Newman explains it this way: The public accusations leveled against Newman escalated from a passing shot over the truthfulness of Roman Catholic clergy into the wholehearted dismissal of him as in any way honest or trustworthy as a religious figure. But it was not till I studied the Apologia closely for a recent paper that I really began to see why it is such a tremendous masterpiece. This relation of narrative to exposition, of narrative to theology and philosophy, is most clear in the arrangement of the Confessionsand it is Augustine’s clarity of generic intention and form that Newman brings to the final chapter of the Apologia.

For the movement from one tradition to another represents a matter of both uneasiness and desire—the uneasiness of a convert from Protestantism about an autobiographical method tainted by old patterns, the desire of an advocate of Catholicism for an account thoroughly orthodox in principle and method.

One obstacle to faith prior to Augustine’s conversion, an obstacle implanted and then nurtured by the Manichees, was the Church’s teaching on creation.

The role of the hero for Homer is simply to win great honor in a harsh world, to achieve lasting fame.

Stay in Touch Sign up. From Wikipedia, uohn free encyclopedia. But in his substitution of the elegiac object, Newman expresses both Christian reconciliation and an unspeakable loss.

The renewing of principles acquired in youth, which Newman describes as his own experience, resembles an alternative Doddridge explicitly suggests:. And now I am in a train of thought higher and more serene than any which slanders can disturb.