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Kingsley,” with a brief summary of the events that had occasioned rhe work.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. I would recommend the Norton Critical edition for its very helpful hfnry insightful essays. Tradition and the decisions of the Church are certainly important.

Apologia Pro Vita Sua

A The Confessions of Saint Augustine. The two exceptions, which Fleishman describes initially but does not mention in his chapter on Newman, are uniquely Augustinian: What has been hailed as one of the great confessional documents of Christian history, newmn even been compared with Augustine’s Confessions, reads more as a tedious remembrance of things past, with long citations of correspondence and a whole lot of name-dropping.

If Williams is correct about the maternal influence, then the elegy that closes Newman’s autobiography may be not only a conscious tribute, but also an apolovia series of substitutions. Dense but rewarding and elegantly written. About Apologia pro Vita Sua John Henry Newman, one of the towering figures of the early Victorian Church of England, caused shock and outrage in equal measure when he announced his espousal of Roman Catholicism in John Henry Newman, one of the towering figures of the early Suaa Church of England, caused shock and outrage in equal measure when he announced his espousal of Roman Catholicism in Bunyan’s use of the Exodus had, jonh turn, a profound effect upon the tradition of spiritual autobiography that followed.


If you want to read which quite unknown 19th century scholars were all wrong, read this summary. If that doesn’t light your fire, don’t bother with the rest——but if it does, you will hardly emerge from this encounter without being transformed on some level, even if it is a certainty that you need to read more Newman!

What Myrmidon or Dolopian, or soldier of the stern Ulysses, could refrain from tears in telling such a tale? The traditional Protestant form of closure concerns itself with the redemption of the individual soul; the Augustinian form recalls the communion of saints.

Apologia Pro Vita Sua (A Defense of One’s Life)

I am not expounding Catholic doctrine” appologia Why should Newman write with such uneasiness? Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators. Newman’s contemporary, Alfred Tennyson once said, in writing the “elegiacs” that would become In Memoriamthat the saddest words he knew were those of Catullus, “Prater Ave arque Vale,” because they were apologoa final.

The allusion co nwman unprecedented power of the Augustinian sentence revokes the power that Scott’s text once had over Newman: I use here DeLaura’s translation of Augustine’s “Quapropter securus iudicar orbisterrarum, bonos non essequise dividuntaborbe terrarum, inquacumque parre orbis terrarum” see his edition of the Apologiap.

I would by no means be thought to insinuate, that every one who is brought to that happy resolution, arrives ar it through those particular steps, or feels agitations of mind equal in degree to those I have described I finished it, sort of.

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. Newman explains it this way:. Though still disturbed by what they saw as corruption and tyrannical control by the Pope, the Oxonians worked for a return to many of the traditions from the time when the Church of England was part of the Church of Rome. Popularity is calculated by comparing this book’s number of editions to the book with the largest number of editions.


The autobiography was published originally in England in The possibilities for such acts of self-interpretation were numerous, sau only by loosely defined principles of typological hermeneutics and by the interpreter’s imagination. But this association is a limited and local one, subsumed into a maternal pattern which is alien to the English spiritual autobiography.

Over the course of the next twelve months, I’ll be reading and discussing three items in each of those four categories.

Newman’s Apologia Pro Vita Sua

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It’s pretty narcisstic, and I cried with boredom. The Feminine Debate over Self-Interpretation 6.

He was wringing a defense as stated in the title to address specific accusations and not a true autobiography. To follow his reasoning is not only to receive a lesson in Victorian history but to receive a dramatic lesson in how to go about thinking about what is of greatest relevance to one’s own life. There is no possibility of contributing toward some final goal. In his original response to Kingsley, published serially from 21 April to 2 JuneNewman had begun by confronting the charges against him, referring directly to the accusation that he had denied truth to be a virtue for its own sake and refuting as well the implicit charge that he had acted with deceit during his years as an Anglican priest.

Newman was familiar with this tradition of spiritual autobiography, particularly in its evangelical manifestations. The enlightened modern Christian attends churches that ‘meet their needs’ or provide the best programs in town. Quite distinctly, he avoids allusions to exile, exodus, or wilderness wandering, and substitutes an alternative method of interpretation.