Apologia Pro Vita Sua
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Gaitley says that Newman, is a very personal author. By contrast, Thomas Aquina ...more
John Henry Newman’s Apologia pro Vita Sua is generally considered not only a great work of theology, but also one of the great classics of English literature. Often compared to Augustine’s Confessions, one of the first reviews (included in this Norton Critical Edition) goes so far as to call it “a far deeper revelation, and a far greater moral achievement” than even the Confessions. Even the Bloomsbury critic Lytton Strachey, who was not only vociferously opposed to Newman’s theology, but was al...more
Newman's autobiography is "the only one that bears mentioning in the same sentence with Augustine's Confessions". In this opinion of Father Oakes SJ I do concur. To enter into the Apologia (hereafter APVS) is to draw near to the heart of one of the greatest figures in literature and Christianity. One can share this opinion without necessarily sharing his religious convictions; much of what is in dispute during Newman's conversion from Anglicanism t ...more
But it is not a spiritual work in that sense. It is not intended to edify. It is, simply, a record of Newman's changing beliefs which led by a fairly direct route to Catholicism. It is a justification of his conversion as intellectually honest. It is not apologetic, as he is not primarily concerned with giving arguments, and those which appear are inc ...more
Ker je pisec ne toliko komplicirana oseba kot človek uperjen v učenje svoje argumentacije, je vse zelo stopnjevito in metodično obrazloženo in pri tem subjektivno kot šolano vodeno predavanje o času v katerem anglikanci in rimokatoliki bijejo boj za duše in za svoj lastni smisel. Ker je pisec šolan anglikanec, ki je postal proti koncu življe ...more
The words themsel ...more
I'll be spending 2013 reading biographical materials: autobiographies, biographies, diaries and letters. Over the course of the next twelve months, I'll be reading and discussing three items in each of those four categories. It isn't just that the people who are the focus are important, and that their stories are fascinating, but biographical material itself poses its own questions – how is the life of a real person constructed in narrative? Wha ...more
This book is at the same time a fascinating time-capsule, documenting the spiri ...more
"I want an intelligent, well-instructed laity – I wish [them] to enlarge [their] knowledge, to cultivate [their] reason, to get an insight into the relation of truth to truth, to learn to view things as they are, to understand how faith and reason stand to each other, what are the bases and principles of Catholicism.”
I had read excerpts before, but reading the whole work was full of surprises. This is not at all a typical apologetically work. It goes much deeper, and gives an awe inspiring glimpse into an especially gifted mind and soul, who now has been beatified.
I first read the Apologia when I was 15, and it was wonderful to revisit it with a fuller understanding (though not as complete as I'd like) of the issues that surrounded JHN's conversion and the Oxford Movement. I feel immensely sorry --and, guiltily, delighted--for Mr Kingsley's poorly judged attack on Newman & ...more
Most of the book consists of Newman defending himself and his conversion from Anglicanism to Catholicism (which I guess was totally radical at the time, but now seems like practically a baby step between religious identifications). His defense ...more
Originally an evangelical Oxford University academic and priest in the Church of England, Newman then became drawn to the high-church tradition of Anglicanism. He became known as a leader of, and an able polemicist for, the Oxford Movement, an ...more