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Apologia pro Vita Sua (Penguin Classics) Paperback – January 1, 1995
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"False ideas may be refuted by argument, but by true ideas alone are they expelled. I will vanquish," Newman promised, "not my accuser, but my judges." His honest and passionate defense consists of a personal history of his religious convictions, from earliest memory through the Oxford movement and his ultimate conversion. 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. Newman won respect and admiration with his Apologia, a work that has helped clarify perceptions of Roman Catholicism among readers of every faith.
Dover (2005) unabridged of the work as published by Longmans, Green and Company, London, 1908.
About the Author
Ian Ker has a MA from Oxford and a Ph.D from Cambridge. He was ordained a Roman Catholic Priest in 1979 and has taught at universities in Britain and the United States. He is the author and editor of sixteen books on Newman, including Newman and the Fullness of Christianity (1993).
Top Customer Reviews
Yet, for all these superb reasons to read this spiritual autobiography, perhaps there is one "secular" reason to read Newman: His command of the English language. Newman has an excellent command of rhetoric, logic, and exposition that makes him a stellar example of Victorian belle letters.
I'd recommend the Norton Critical Edition over the Penguin edition, obviously, not for the "translation," but for the criticism that helps put the issues involved in context for the 20th century reader.
In this book, John Henry Newman, in order to defend himself from (rather unfair) charges of insincerity, outlines the history of his spiritual development, from his beginnings as a liberal thinker, to his conversion to the Evangelical wing of the Church of England, to his ordination as an Anglican priest, to his gradual move toward Catholic thought, practice and worship in the Church of England, to his leadership in the so-called "Oxford Movement" and its call to holiness and Catholicity in the Church of England, and finally to his ultimate submission to Rome.
Whether one agrees or disagrees with Cardinal Newman theologically; whether one can accept his particular conclusions is not important to the enjoyment of this book. It is an honest account of a spiritual journey, written by an articulate man, which should prove inspirational to all persons of faith, and to all on a spiritual pilgrimage.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I had read excerpts before, but reading the whole work was full of surprises. This is not at all a typical apologetically work. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fr
Newman is interesting. He's a skilled writer. He's just VERY hard to understand. His sermons are approachable, but this book requires much historical background as there is plenty... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Maria Westrich
This is somewhat academic and in old-fashioned style of English - over 100 years ago, after all. If you are interested in the subject, it's the best there is.Published 9 months ago by The Good Crone
In autobiographical form, a comprehensive account of this brilliant and scholarly Anglican priest's conversion to Catholicism. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Book Glutton
This Penguin edition of Newman's "Apologia" is wonderful, its editor, Ian Ker, the most accomplished Newman scholar of our day. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Avid reader
Excellent text. Obviously, something of an esoteric argument today, but still a fine model of how to deal with an ad hominem attack.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
This Apologia was very difficult to follow and understand, not because of limitations on Blessed Newman's part, but because of my own inability to follow the complexity of 19th... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Stephen Mattia
I am here reviewing the Dover Giant Thrift paperback edition, which I highly recommend. I note this as this review may show up under some other edition. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gord Wilson