John Henry Newman: A Biography

Paperback | October 9, 2010

byIan Ker

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This full-length life of John Henry Newman is the first comprehensive biography of both the man and the thinker and writer. It draws extensively on material from Newman's letters and papers. Newman's character is revealed in its complexity and contrasts: the legendary sadness and sensitivityare placed in their proper perspective by being set against his no less striking qualities of exuberance, humour, and toughness. This book attempts to do justice to the fullness of Newman's achievement and genius: the Victorian 'prophet' or 'sage', who ranks among the major English prose writers; the dominating religious figure of the nineteenth century, who can now be recognised as the forerunner of the Second VaticanCouncil and the modern ecumenical movement; and finally, the universal Christian thinker, whose significance transcends his culture and time.

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This full-length life of John Henry Newman is the first comprehensive biography of both the man and the thinker and writer. It draws extensively on material from Newman's letters and papers. Newman's character is revealed in its complexity and contrasts: the legendary sadness and sensitivityare placed in their proper perspective by bei...

Ian Ker is Senior Research Fellow at St Benet's Hall, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:784 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:October 9, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:019959659X

ISBN - 13:9780199596591

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Table of Contents

1. Oxford2. The Movement3. The Via Media4. Doubts5. Crisis6. Development7. From Oxford to Rome8. Controversy and Satire9. The Idea of a University10. The Catholic University of Ireland11. Oratory and University12. The Idea and the Laity13. The Years of Silence14. Apologia15. Return to Oxford?16. The Justification of Religious Belief17. Papal Infallibility18. Oxford and Rome Again

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"The additional material...makes the biography the most comprehensive and up-to-date study of Newman available. Fr Ker must be commended for a work which invaluably contributes to an historically true and fundamentally honest understanding of one of the greatest thinkers of age." --Simon Caldwell, Catholic Herald 29/07/2009