Project Gutenberg’s Apologia Pro Vita Sua, by John Henry Cardinal Newman This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no. The Project Gutenberg EBook of Apologia pro Vita Sua, by John Henry Newman This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no. Table Of Contents. Apologia Pro Vita Sua – John Henry Newman Edited with an Introduction by Ian Ker. Abbreviations Introduction Select Bibliography.

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For Newman, the essential issue was not one of doctrine, but of attitude and action. Return to Book Viita. One can share this opinion without necessarily sharing his religious convictions; much of what is in dispute during Newman’s conversion from Anglicanism t Take a long, slow walk through this masterpiece.

Apologia pro Vita Sua

Greatly affected me for years to come. This was my “boss level” before walking the Canterbury Trail and hitching my wagon to the Anglican Communion. Ne-wman observes this Augustinian arrangement in the Apologia by i-k’railing the process of his conversion in chapters I—IV and then systematically setting forth his theological beliefs in the “Position of My Mind since Jan 16, Robert Terry rated it really liked it.

Newman’s motivation for composing the work, and hence his rationale tor handling his materials, are characteristic of autobiography as a genre; as he states in the preface, lie intends not only to “draw out, as far as may be, the history of my mind,” but also to “give the true key to my whole apooogia Lucretius does not see any meaning in the pains of birth; his sadness is simply despair at the meaninglessness of life.

Apologia Pro Vita Sua Latin: Paperbackpages. Homer has an essentially cyclical view of history; the endless quarrels of the gods go round and round. To put it another way, the purpose of both kinds of allusions is primarily rhetorical, not hermeneutic: Newman’s goal as autobiographer is to negotiate successfully between these two traditions.

Their are also a few moments of amazing rhetoric.

Landow scanned the text, converted it to html, and added links. Newman was, as he put it, “one who has given up much that he loved and prized and could have retained, but that he loved honesty better than name, and Truth better than dear friends And if the analogy creates uneasiness, Newman seems doubly uneasy as he insists that he is apo,ogia writing “controversially,” but is merely telling his story, narrating the events “with the one object of relating tilings as they happened to dua in the course of my conversion” prl Newman cannot achieve his desired goal and save the Church from Liberalism through the concept of the Infallibility of the Church.


Obviously, Newman calls the words “palmary” because he rinds in them a superior interpretation of the Donatist and Anglican controversies—and of his own situation in Significantly, both appear in Newman’s account of his conversion, the first in an allusion to the Dick Whittington legend 98—99the second in the crisis state 12 1—22 I describe below.

What the book does well is sow glimpses of his conversion, like his interaction with the Church Fathers, and he demonstrates the complete reasonability of the Catholic faith historically and logically. 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. More to the point, had his mother lived, Newman might never have converted.

For Virgil mortal things touch vira heart because of a nobility which comes aplogia their being ordered to something greater than themselves. I don’t think Newman would have fared well if ‘choice’ was the determiner of conversion. A defence of one’s own life is John Henry Newman ‘s defence of his religious opinions, published in in response to Charles Kingsley of the Church of England after Newman quit his position as the Anglican vicar of St.

Biblical allusions, then, because of their associations with evangelical spiritual autobiography, do not dominate the text of the Apologiaand those that do appear are not typological in intention. Newman sia this memoir in the third person for his colleagues, particularly Ambrose St.

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By contrast, Thomas Aquina I finished it, sort of. LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. The two exceptions, which Fleishman describes initially but does not mention in his chapter on Newman, are uniquely Augustinian: If Newman’s defense in chapter V addresses accusations of deceit and dishonesty, it is because they were, like the Manic luan perversions of the fourth century, the pressing issues of his clay.

In chapter I, too, Newman emphasizes the “doctrine of Tradition”: Newman was also a literary figure of note: Before I had no frame of reference.


The Apologia does nevertheless respond to the dominant tradition of English autobiography, both by imitating and diverging from it. Issac Williams, his curate at St. But the Apologia can be called a spiritual Aeneid for a deeper reason than those listed by Knox. In accusing Kingsley of bad faith in attacking him and suggesting that he was dishonest, as he had never consulted with Newman to learn his mind, he responds to an hypothetical question: It is also a defense so he is addressing specific questions and concerns that might not at first be evident to the reader.

Augustine’s narrative ends with book IX when, hearing the tolle lege of the young child, he decides to abandon his professorship of rhetoric and seek baptism at the hand of Ambrose.

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Newman admits that “on occasion,” when he readied new interpretations of ecclesiastical material, he felt “a positive doubt” whether “the suggestion did not come from below”the same fearful thought that plagues Bunyan and Cowper. Two Approaches to Generic Form 2. It is another for him to demonstrate, as he composes his autobiography with a new hermeneutic method, that it does not matter. Newman’s book was influential with both churches and Newman was ultimately ordained by the Roman Catholics, where he soon became established as one of the foremost exponents of Catholicism in England.

If you do not have an interest in Anglo-Catholicism, the occasional sharp retorts may provide little enjoyment for you. And elsewhere, Newman suggests that Kingsley is not attacking out of malice, but because of his limited intellect.

Kingsley stated that Newman had always secretly been a Catholic, and that he used his position at Oxford and afterwards as a member of the Oxford Movement to advance a secret Catholic agenda, thereby undercutting the Anglican church. But I defer to Pater Edmund’s excellent review: Sheed and Ward,p. Thus, the Infallibility of the Church is supposedly true because the Church is infallible.