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“A man may hear a thousand lectures, and read a thousand volumes, and be at the end of the process very much where he was, as regards knowledge. . . . It must not be passively received, but actually and actively entered into, embraced, mastered.”
John Henry Newman
Vergilian Allusions In Newman’s “Kindly Light”
Keith Andrew Massey
What is the literary antecedent to Newman’s famous “Lead, Kindly Light”? This essay proposes that Newman’s phrase—“Kindly Light”— is an allusion to a specific passage of Vergil’s Aeneid. Understood in this light, Newman’s poem is a prologue to the epic journey Newman began as he returned to England to commence the Oxford Movement.
Keith Andrew Massey, who holds a doctorate in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, teaches Latin at Leonia Public High School in Leonia, New Jersey.
Newman On Theology And Contemplative Receptivity In The Liberal Arts
This essay—a revised version of a presentation at the Twelfth Annual Conference of the Association for Core Texts and Courses (8 April 2006)—examines the role of theology in liberal education as both a restraint on sophisticated ideologies and as an avenue towards contemplative receptivity.
Kevin Mongrain is assistant professor in the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
Theology In Balance: The Role Of Theology In Newman’s University And Its Relevance To Contemporary Theologians
John Rogers Friday
After brief analyses of (1) Newman’s view of knowledge, (2) his view of science, (3) his view of theology as a science, (4) the primacy of the philosophical habit of mind, and (5) the inherent tension within the scientific community, this essay relates Newman’s thought to the twenty-first century, particularly the Second Vatican Council’s Gaudium et Spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the World of Today).
John Rogers Friday, who is currently pursuing a Masters of Religious Studies degree at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, wrote this article while he was a visiting scholar at the National Institute for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh in July 2006.
Newman’s Via Media Theology Of Justification
T. L. Holtzen
This article argues that Newman’s theology of justification is a true via media between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism because of its Trinitarian character. While conceding that Newman misunderstood Luther’s theology of justification, this essay explores Newman’s theology of justification through Christ’s divine indwelling in the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the formal cause of the soul’s justice, because through the Spirit, both Christ’s alien righteousness and an actual inherent righteousness are brought to the soul. Accordingly, justification is a Trinitarian action of “the two hands of God.”
T. L. Holtzen is Associate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Nashotah House, a seminary of the Episcopal Church in Nashotah, Wisconsin.
John Henry Newman’s Vision Of The Catholic Medical School
Though many Newman scholars are aware of the success of the Medical School of the Catholic University in Dublin, less attention has been paid to his philosophical view which undergirded the medical school. This essay examines Newman’s developing “idea” of a university in light of the Medical School, which was not simply to train practitioners of medicine, but also to educate physicians in an awareness of the spiritual truths and values at stake in the practice of medicine and so serve to integrate the body, mind, and heart as well as to provide links between religion and science.
David Fleischacker is Assistant Professor and Director of Ministry in the Department of Philosophy and Theology at the University of St. Francis, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Lessons In Virtue: Nineteenth-Century Lectures And Sermons To English And American Medical Students And Physicians
John Wayne Love
This article surveys the themes of six nineteenth-century Christian leaders—Frederick DenisonMaurice, LaRue Thompson, William Bacon Stevens, John Henry Newman, Flodoardo Howard and Henry Parry Liddon—in their preaching to medical students and physicians. Usually delivered at the behest of the medical students and medical schools, these sermons to the medical community clearly illustrate the impact of religious thought on medical training in Western Europe and the United States, shed important light on the historical dialogue between the worlds of science and religion, and offer an eloquent apologia of why virtue and ethics are important in medicine.
John Wayne Love, a priest of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and currently pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Fillmore, CA, would like to thank Stephen Greenberg of the National Institutes of Health Library (History of Medicine Division), Bethesda, MD, for his assistance in researching the material for this essay.
John Henry Newman: The Relationship Between Theology And Science
John T. Ford, C.S.C.
This essay examines Newman’s Dublin lecture on the relationship between Theology and Science—their inevitable intersections and their circumstantial collisions. What lessons can be learned from Newman’s “view” of Theology and Science in considering the confrontations between Theology and Science in the twenty-first century?
John T. Ford, C.S.C., Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at The Catholic University of America (Washington, DC), presented this paper on 10 June 2006, at the Newman seminar at the annual convention of The Catholic Theological Society of America in San Antonio, Texas.
“The Danger of Accomplishments”
Gary B. Selin
Newman’s Anglican sermon—“The Danger of Accomplishments”— warned his Oxford audience of the dangers both of higher education and of a life of luxury. Yet how can this sermon’s rejection of flowery literature that entertains and arouses pleasant feelings in its readers be reconciled with Newman’s later advocacy in his The Idea of a University that classical literature is an important aspect of a liberal education?
Gary B. Selin, a priest of the Archdiocese of Denver, is a doctoral candidate at The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
Newman Versus Subjectivism: The Context Of Liberalism, Evangelicalism, And Rationalism
Walter E. Conn
As a way of overcoming the conflict between the Apologia’s focus on Liberalism and Frank Turner’s recent insistence that the real Tractarian target was Evangelicalism, this essay proposes that Newman’s fundamental opponent was subjectivism.
Walter E. Conn, a professor in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies at Villanova, where he has edited Horizons for over twenty-five years, is writing a book on Newman’s Own Development
Todd C. Ream and Brian C. Clark reviewing: Edward J. Ondrako, O.F.M. Conv., Progressive Illumination: A Journey with John Henry Cardinal Newman, 1980-2005.
Damon McGraw reviewing: Giovanni Velocci, Prayer in Newman.
Halbert Weidner, CO, reviewing: Roman A. Siebenrock and Wilhelm Tolksdorff, eds.: Sorgfalt des Denkens,Wege des Glaubens im Spiegel von Bildung und Wissenschaft: Ein Gespräch mit John Henry Newman.
John Ford, CSC, reviewing: Peter Jennings, ed.: Benedict XVI and Cardinal Newman.
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