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Newman uses the same sort of argument implicitly throughout the Apologia to counter the prejudices of his anti-Catholic readers, on whom the allusions to Scott’s autobiography and its principle of truth would not be lost. All the evidence pointed him to Rome and now he is finally home. His canonisation is dependent on the documentation of additional miracles attributed to his intercession.

The generic precedent, in other words, inclined against the mention of personal details superfluous to the development of the autobiographer’s soul or intellect. This was my “boss level” before walking the Canterbury Trail and hitching my wagon to the Anglican Communion.

Newman’s “Apologia pro vita sua”: The Dilemma of the Catholic Autobiographer

To put it another way, the purpose of both kinds of allusions is primarily rhetorical, not hermeneutic: Friction during the years from to led Newman and his allies in the Oxford Movement henru publish a statement, the Tracts for the Timesto which Newman was a contributor. Portals Access related topics.

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 so final. Sep 13, Meg Hunter-Kilmer rated it it was ok Shelves: One might argue that it can be proven by tradition, but this begs the question, as tradition plays an integral role in how the Church makes infallible decisions. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. The first half of the chapter —43 describes the recognition, with the shattering of the Via Media as a tenable system.

As history made literary classics of Grace Abounding and The Pilgrim’s Progressand as the latter became what might be called a prospectus for any man’s autobiography, subsequent autobiographers came to follow the narrative patterns and system of interpretation that Bunyan had introduced. According to the interpretation this principle generates, ir is the Anglican Church, not the Roman, that has fostered heresy and dissension, and his own participation in the Anglican-Roman controversy, however well-intentioned, has contributed to the dissension:.

I don’t think such a tale set in the contemporary world of religious practice would garner the interest that Newman experienced from scholars, newspapermen and ordinary folk. Cor ad cor locutus est.


Augustine the protagonist may seen to be on his deathbed-cum-bier, but Augustine the autobiographer knows that his state is one of crisis-cum-conversion. And who can recollect, at the distance of twenty-five years, all that he once knew about his thoughts and his deeds, and that, during a portion of his life, when, even at the time his observation, whether of himself or of the external world, was less than before or after, by very reason of the perplexity and dismay which weighed upon him,—when, in spite of the light given to him according to his need amid his darkness, yet a darkness it emphatically was?

The word that came to mind while reading Apologia was: However, in Newman, joined by some but not all of his followers, left the Church of England and his teaching post at Oxford University and was received into the Catholic Church.

Hated it inbut I think I’d like it now. Had I at this time met with such passages in the writings of dissenters, or any of those modern publications, which under the lirand ofmethodisrical publications, are condemned without reading, if perused with invincible prejudice, I should not have thought them worth regard, but should have rejected them as wild enthusiasm.

The high English prose that Newman uses may be beautiful to the more learned but was only cumbersome for me, and my unfamiliarity with Anglicanism and 19th century English politics made it very difficult to follow along. If you want to read which quite unknown 19th century scholars were all wrong, read this summary. The Puritan Origins of the Self.

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

Title page of the first edition. His concluding point-by-point refutation of Kingsley’s charges features thought-provoking contentions that strike at the very roots of the principles underlying Protestantism. That the accusation of dishonesty and crafty dealing should then genry leveled against him as a result is an irony of his personal history that must have certainly frustrated him to no end. It’s pretty narcisstic, and I cried with boredom. So at least Shumaker suggests when he writes of the gradual evolution during the nineteenth century from i.

Three Versions of Generic Revision 4. In the closing “Observations,” Scott had designated the crucial factor in his conversion as “the great influence which the study of Scriptures had in producing [the] change” In iohn revision, however, he chose to omit specific details of rhe controversy and emphasize instead his intellectual and spiritual development.

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.


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Self and Circumstance in Autobiographybut see esp. Newman bases this new hermeneutic on the analogy of ecclesiastical history rather than on the more characteristically evangelical correlations of biblical typology.

And Newron’s sometimes mad contemporary Alexander Cruden interpreted his life using an even greater variety of types, ranging from Joseph whose life he believed was “emblemarical and typical” 39 of his own to Alexander the Apoloia after whom he titled his autobiography, The Adventures of Alexander the Corrector. But in his substitution of the elegiac object, Newman expresses both Christian reconciliation henru an unspeakable loss.

About John Henry Newman. In a footnote to the private memorandum, he observed that his own experience had nor been characteristically evangelical: The added footnotes suggest the power which “the johh of books,” the written tradition of spiritual autobiography, had upon Newman’s way of thinking and writing about his life. We are experiencing technical difficulties. Like Scott, Newman chronicles the sources of his beliefs in “The History of My Religious Opinions to the Year ,” beginning with hrnry he acquired from evangelical associates or writers: And in any case, given the modern decline in matters of church attendance and practice, the movement of Apoogia from one church to another would hardly be news in need of an apologia.

Newman’s Apologia pro vita sua: Not all readers of the Apologia can understand how Newman reached the conclusion he did or, to continue his metaphor, how he received anything but an extremely distorted reflection from the mirror of church history.

The Value of the Individual: A fascinating and superb exploration of John Henry Cardinal Newman’s theological thought. He admits surprise even in retrospect chat the Monophysite concrovery should have instigated his conversion:. I am not expounding Catholic doctrine” A fellow Anglican priest, Charles Kingsley, began attacking Newman in the press.

How was Kingsley to know that Newman was genuine and not some slick operator?

Apologia Pro Vita Sua

Newman’s emphasis on the sources of his religious opinions, to the omission of details of family and student life, has led some literary critics to exclude the Apologia from the canon of English autobiography. Despite the similarity of the prayers, however, Newman’s closure is curiously different from its original, and the choice of living priests for apoolgia subjects of elegy signals the problem.

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