The Collected Works of John Henry Newman (31 vols.) contains the most influential works written by John Henry Newman. Cardinal Newman ranks as a giant among nineteenth century academics. Newman was a pioneer in the modern study of Church history and doctrine, and his works represent some of the most thoughtful and complete treatments on the subject. Newman's works reveal a close relationship between his subjects of inquiry and his own personal journey of faith. No place is this more evident than in his monumental Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine.
In addition to his many essays and lectures on history and theology, the Collected Works of John Henry Newman (31 vols.) includes over two hundred fifty sermons from Newman and his revered poem, The Dream of Gerontius. Few scholars in the modern era have shown such academic rigor and complete surrender to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and His Church as John Henry Newman. With this massive collection of Newman's most important works you can track Newman's quest for the via media of Anglicanism all the way from the fourth century Church Fathers through his own conversion to the Catholic Church. Newman's pioneering ideas sparked much discussion during his time. Follow the criticism of his peers through multiple correspondences—including the most public of Newman's critiques from Mr. Charles Kingsley that resulted in Newman's Apologia Pro Vita Sua (A Defense for His Life). The thoughts and meditations of John Henry Newman are of equal benefit to the serious student of Church history and the layperson intrigued by Christian spirituality.
If purchased elsewhere, this thirty-one volume collection could cost over one thousand dollars. With this collection, you will be receiving over 11,400 pages of timeless meditations on Scripture and priceless evaluations on Christian history. In addition, the Logos Bible Software edition of John Henry Newman's works contains links directly to Scripture and other books and articles in your digital library. All Scripture references display the verse on mouse over, and each reference is linked to the original language texts of the Bible and the English translations in your digital library.
The quality of his literary style is so successful that it succeeds in escaping definition. The quality of his logic is that of a long but passionate patience, which waits until he has fixed all corners of an iron trap. But the quality of his moral comment on the age remains what I have said: a protest of the rationality of religion as against the increasing irrationality of mere Victorian comfort and compromise.
The philosophical and theological thought and the spirituality of Cardinal Newman, so deeply rooted in and enriched by Sacred Scripture and the teachings of the Fathers, still retain their particular originality and value.
—Pope John Paul II
Newman placed the key in our hand to build historical thought into theology, or much more, he taught us to think historically in theology and so to recognize the identity of faith in all developments.
—Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
Read in the light of subsequent development in the almost one hundred years since his death, the Essay on Development has proved to be the seminal work for the thought of theologians and historians—and, above all, of historians of theology, who, even if they have been obliged to disagree with its methods or its conclusions, have been no less obliged to accept its formulation of the central problem. Not only to his latter-day disciples, therefore, but to many of those who have drawn other conclusions from his insights, John Henry Newman has become the most important theological thinker of modern times.
Newman’s thought was nourished by the Fathers rather than by the Schoolmen, and his main contribution to the thought of his age lay much more in the fields of psychological analysis and acute moral perception than in matters strictly theological. His fruitful use of the idea of development, in its application to the growth of Christian doctrine, and his profound insight into the nature and motives of religious faith, place him in the first rank of modern Christian thinkers.
—The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Newman's importance lies in the fact that he showed the possibility of a moderate path through the various wild religious extremes of the 19th century ... . First as an Anglican and then as a Catholic, Newman pioneered a moderate, sensitive traditionalism that combined intelligence and scholarship with penetrating spirituality.
—Jonathan Hill, The History of Christian Thought
Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman (February 21, 1801 – August 11, 1890) was a priest and Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church. His father was a banker and his mother's family was French Huguenot. Newman was raised in a strict Calvinist home and received his primary education at the famous Ealing School. John Henry Newman graduated from Trinity College, Oxford in 1821 and was elected to a fellowship at Oriel College, Oxford in the following year. On June 13, 1824 he was ordained into the Anglican priesthood. From the early 1830's until 1845, Newman was a leading figure in the Oxford Movement, a group of Anglican priests and scholars from Oxford who sought to restore the rites of the Anglican church to their Apostolic roots in the Early Church. Between 1842 and 1845, during a time of solitude and the completion of Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, Newman underwent a process conversion to Roman Catholicism. Newman also published the Oxford Conservative Journal during this time period as a platform for retracting any negative remarks he previously assailed towards the Roman Church.
He was officially received into the Catholic Church on October 9, 1845. The conversion of John Henry Newman to Catholicism was the result of a life's long struggle to reconcile the historic faith handed down from the Apostles with his own Anglican tradition. Frustrated with the errors inherent in both Protestantism and Roman Catholicism, Newman abandoned his search for the via media (or, middle way) of Anglicanism and converted to the Roman Catholic Church. In 1848, Newman founded the Birmingham Oratory at Maryvale and began ministering to the Catholic population of the city. In 1851, the Bishops of Ireland elected to start a Catholic university in Dublin and they appointed Newman to be the founder and first rector of the institution. Maintaining his ministry at the Birmingham Oratory, Newman established what would become University College, Dublin. His Idea of a University was prepared for founding faculty of the university at Dublin. On May 12, 1879 Pope Leo XIII appointed Newman to the college of Cardinals. John Henry Cardinal Newman died on August 11, 1890. Cardinal Newman is currently under consideration by the Vatican for sainthood.