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An Essay On the Development of Christian Doctrine by John Henry Newman
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Oct 25, 11

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This is a book I waited to read for a long time - not because I couldn't get to it. I was afraid of it. It is a great challenge of Evangelicalism's back-to-the-bible ethos. Newman asserts that doctrine develops through the agency of the Spirit-guided church, which, as he reminds us, is the pillar and foundation of the truth. Seeking to return to the early church is like a fully grown human being seeking to be an embryo. Who would want to? Newman is fun to read, not in that he is entertaining but that his writing is so well crafted. It is a delight to read a man who takes writing so seriously. One doesn't breeze through Newman, not because it is so complex but because the phrasing is so well done that one slows down to pay attention and goes back to read passages over again.
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