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  • Paperback: 468 pages
  • Publisher: Cosimo Classics (June 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602065756
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602065758
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Still considered essential reading for serious thinkers on religion more than a century and a half after it was written, this seminal work of modern theology, first published in 1845, presents a history of Catholic doctrine from the days of the Apostles to the time of its writing, and follows with specific examples of how the doctrine has not only survived corruption but grown stronger through defending itself against it, and is, therefore, the true religion.

This classic of Christian apologetics, considered a foundational work of 19th-century intellectualism on a par with Darwin's Origin of Species, is must reading not only for the faithful but also for anyone who wishes to be well educated in the fundamentals of modern thought.

About the Author

British theologian JOHN HENRY CARDINAL NEWMAN (1801-1890)--a leading figure in both the Church of England and, after his conversion, the Roman Catholic Church--was known as "The Father of the Second Vatican Council." His Parochial and Plain Sermons (1834-42) is considered the best collection of sermons in the English language. He is also the author of A Grammar of Assent (1870).

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By john on June 4, 2010
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This is the eighth (and final) edition of "An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine" by John Henry Cardinal Newman from 1878, which includes "various important alterations... in the arrangement of its separate parts, and some, not indeed in its matter, but in its text." It was while the first edition of the work was in the process of being published in 1845 that Newman converted to Catholicism; "it was his intention and wish to have carried his Volume through the Press before deciding finally on this step. But when he had got some way in the printing, he recognized in himself a conviction of the truth of the conclusion to which the discussion leads, so clear as to supersede, further deliberation."

Newman's conversion was inevitable, as evidenced in the Introduction where he writes the lines chilling to any Christian not in communion with Rome:

"History is not a creed or a catechism, it gives lessons rather than rules; still no one can mistake its general teaching in this matter, whether he accept it or stumble at it. Bold outlines and broad masses of colour rise out of the records of the past. They may be dim, they may be incomplete; but they are definite. And this one thing at least is certain; whatever history teaches, whatever it omits, whatever it exaggerates or extenuates, whatever it says and unsays, at least the Christianity of history is not Protestantism. If ever there were a safe truth, it is this."

He follows just a few sentences later with his oft-quoted aphorism: "To be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant."

This work is divided into two parts and the first, "Doctrinal Developments Viewed in Themselves", takes up the first third of the book.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By JOHN G MITCHELL on December 4, 2010
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The book offers a great explanation of Christian Doctrines and their historical developments. John Henry Newman was a highly regarded theologian and a founder of the Oxford Movement. He began writing the book to prove the Anglican Church's position on faith was correct. After writing the book he could no longer remain an Anglican and entered the Catholic Church in 1845. Very well written and researched....must read for anyone looking to understand the roots of the Christian Faith.
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By D. Tillman on December 21, 2013
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The 19th century style and erudition is a lot to tackle. This edition seems to be an imprint of a 19th century edition and can be hard to read. With an investment of effort this tome is a brilliant argument for the Western Christian concept of the development of doctrine. It is a must read for anyone who is serious about Christian theology. Anyone who knows Newman's life knows that he married personal discipline and holiness to academic rigor. Newman is a real theologian, perhaps even a patristics class saint, because he prays and strives. John Henry Newman ora pro nobis!
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This gave me a great understanding of the early church fathers and how they validate todays Catholic/Orthodox liturgy.
The Development Newman writes about could also be explained as a better and deeper understanding of existing doctrine (rather than, say, some new doctrine).
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0 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Katherine V. Clyde on November 11, 2009
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This book turned out to be a bad play ensconced between the covers that should have been around the correct book but weren't. What?
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