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John Henry Newman, (1801-1890) was a Roman Catholic priest and cardinal, a convert from Anglicanism in October 1845. In his early life, he was a major figure in the Oxford Movement to bring the Church of England back to its Catholic roots. Eventually his studies in history persuaded him to become a Roman Catholic. Both before and after becoming a Roman Catholic, he wrote influential books, including Via Media, Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (1845), Apologia Pro Vita Sua (1865-66) and the Grammar of Assent (1870). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Echo Library (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406835196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406835199
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.5 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,534,029 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 1999
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There are autobiographies, and then there is Newman's "Defense for my way of life." Sadly, this wonderful work is found in English Literature and Victorian England courses. This spiritual journey of one of the most influential thinkers of the late 19th century has much more applicability than such narrow confines.
Besides being one of the best autobiographies ever written, it is one of the most personal and intimate works in its field: Newman explains the changes, and the conflicts that gave rise to them, with an intensity and eloquence uniquely his own. While the subject matter is Newman's conversion from Anglicanism to Roman Catholicism, his story is about life's choices.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By James Gallen VINE VOICE on June 2, 2004
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"Apologia Pro Vita Sua" is John Henry Cardinal Newman's explanation of his religious views and actions from 1833 to the time of his writing in 1864. In order to understand this work, it must be understood that "Apologia" is translated more precisely as an explanation, rather than as an apology. Newman apologizes for nothing. He explains everything.

John Henry Cardinal Newman was a major British religious figure of the Nineteenth Century. A prominent Anglican priest, leader of the Oxford Movement and proponent of the "Via Media", Newman's conversion to Catholicism created many hard feelings among his Anglican friends.

This book was written as an answer to specific charges brought against him by particular people at various times. Much of the book involves references to actions and words of those with whom he collaborated, corresponded or met. At times it is difficult to maintain interest in charge-counter charges which make up much of the book. Although some of the charge-counter charges seem of little import today, I cannot say that the book ever becomes boring.
In some sections, particularly in his footnotes, Newman explains theological issues, although that is not the main thrust of the work.

This book gave me a deeper understanding of Newman individually and of the religious environment in England during his time than I had had previously. This book reveals the Anglican Church as a "Big Tent", so to speak, including a "High Church" which valued hierarchy and formal liturgy and a "Low Church" which more resembled the Methodist and other Protestant churches.

Newman viewed the Anglican Church as a branch of Catholicism in England.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Melanie B on December 19, 2009
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I wish I'd bought a different edition of the Apologia. This one did not include any of Newman's correspondence with Mr. Kingsley nor does it have any explanatory material which summarizes or explains that correspondence. I had to look up an online version of the Apologia to read all that. There are no footnotes, no index or any aids to help a modern reader understand the context of this autobiography. Newman includes many names and references to events and controversies which he assumed his contemporaries would understand but whose importance has been lost to the dustbin of history. This edition does nothing to help a reader recover their meaning. The book is also an oversized paperback and I found it quite unwieldy to carry around with me.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Terra firma on October 7, 2010
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This edition is insulting. It is worse that a poor quality xerox and it cost $31. It is just a bunch of fuzzy printing bound with a cover showing a picture of the United States Code service books. Newman is in the public domain, but there are good quality editions of his works. Beware of Nabu!
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By David on October 1, 2010
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My criticism is of the publisher Northrop Frye, not the Blessed Newman. This book is an expensive Xerox copy of an old text. It has many imperfections including lost letters and spotty lettering and is hard to read. If I had known I never would have bought this version in the first place, it was not at all evident from the online page. In fact I plan to return it immediately. I'd advise paying a little more for an actual retyped reprint rather than a bound photocopy.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Mark L. Cannaday on March 20, 2007
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Cardinal Newman's journey from Anglicanism to the Roman Catholic Church cannot be told better than in his own words. Yet, in his own words, one must read slowly to get the style firmly in mind. Once done, the light of his words shines poetically and clearly. He is a man of great ability and devotion and worthy of hearing no matter how one feels about Anglicanism or Catholicism. A very economical value, too, as books go for the value of his words.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Stratiotes Doxha Theon VINE VOICE on August 6, 2008
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Every conversion story seems to adhere to common themes. One of those is entailed in the story of David confronted by the prophet Nathaniel in Nathaniel's accusation, "You are that man!" John Newman's experience was not far removed. He set out to study the development of Christian doctrine with the intent of disproving heretical elements in his denomination and, in the process, found himself to be a heretic as well. His own position was indefensible in light of church history. With each heresy in history he found himself on the side of heresy. No, not because his beliefs were unorthodox but because he found himself challenged by the church that demanded the heretical groups defend their challenge to the authority of the church. He was not at odds with church doctrine so much as he was with church authority. And he realized the common denominator of all heresies was just that - a challenge to the teaching authority of the church.

All heresy came down to the same question, who had the final authority to define heresy? And any organization or individual who claims that authority, without the legitimate credentials of the church, is by definition, a heretic. Dr. Newman began to identify himself in every heresy he encountered in church history and the conclusion was apparent. No matter the cost, no matter the humiliation and criticism it might evoke, there was only one choice for him. He had to return to the mother church and turn away from kicking against her authority. His monumental and definitive historical study, An Essay On The Development Of Christian Doctrine, resulted in his now famous quip, "To be deep in history is to cease to be Protestant."

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