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Parochial and Plain Sermons Hardcover – October 1, 1997
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Ignatius Press has given a great gift to the United States by putting 8 volumes of Newman's sermons together in one volume. It is a beautifully bound volume that will stand the years of reading and rereading it will get. My only criticism is the small size of the font used. However, if it was any bigger the number of sermons would shrink considerably.
But, alas, Newman is first and foremost a theologian. Now this may cast aspersions on him to a larger audience, but at considerable distress to all concerned. He wrote as both an Anglican and a Roman Catholic (most of these sermons were written while he was a priest in the Church of England). Most of the sermons were delivered while he served as priest at Oxford. There he had a demanding audience, who wouldn't sit still for such simple ejaculations, such as, "the Bible says so."
Newman revered Holy Scripture, but he saw it through a prism of manifold colors and applications. It was above all else a book of spiritual perfection, dense and more complex than often acknowledged, and he set forth to elucidate many passages with his incisive prose. Some of these sermons address the Christian liturgical year; others address some spiritual issue of the day or of perennial value. But in any event, his use of scripture is devoutly and reverential, even a tad dogmatic, but never in the evangelical sense. For Newman, the Word was a catalyst to self-discovery and illumination, not some sword to cut believer from infidel.
This book is large, and fortunately will take a good deal of time to read. Each sermon is about four pages, which makes for relatively-short meditations upon ideas catholic and universal. While Scripture forms his benchmark, his methodology is atypically in the English Empiricist school. He doesn't pontificate as though an authority, but examines like a scientist; he's heuristic, and we share in his discoveries.Read more ›
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Cardinal John Henry Newman is rightly regarded as one of the greatest Catholic theologians and thinkers of all time. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Greg
There are zero paragraphs. Just line after line of text. Not for me.Published 17 months ago by B way bay B
This is one of the best purchases I have made. Love, love, love Newman. So clear and thorough in what he says.Published on March 24, 2013 by Saved by Grace
I appreciate very much this book with all sermons together!
It's a treasure for my whole life to reed the wisdom of this church father of the modern timesParochial and plain... Read more
This book will hopefully serve as the basis for my graduate studies. It is an excellent edition of a key work in Christian literature, very helpful for both prayer and study. Read morePublished on April 16, 2012 by Nickolas Becker
Newman's Anglican Sermons are an important guide to Newman's spiritual and theological development. These sermons were all written when Newman was an Anglican but if you did not... Read morePublished on June 8, 2010 by LexOrandi