Religious Morality in John Henry Newman: Hermeneutics of the Imagination by Gerard MagillReligious Morality in John Henry Newman: Hermeneutics of the Imagination by Gerard Magill

Religious Morality in John Henry Newman: Hermeneutics of the Imagination

byGerard Magill

Hardcover | October 8, 2014

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This book is a systematic study of religious morality in the works of John Henry Newman (1801-1890). The work considers Newman's widely discussed views on conscience and assent, analyzing his understanding of moral law and its relation to the development of moral doctrine in Church tradition.  By integrating Newman's religious epistemology and theological method, the author explores the hermeneutics of the imagination in moral decision-making: the imagination enables us to interpret complex reality in a practical manner, to relate belief with action.  The analysis bridges philosophical and religious discourse, discussing three related categories. The first deals with Newman's commitment to truth and holiness whereby he connects the realm of doctrine with the realm of salvation. The second category considers theoretical foundations of religious morality, and the third category explores Newman's hermeneutics of the imagination to clarify his view of moral law, moral conscience, and Church tradition as practical foundations of religious morality.  The author explains how secular reason in moral discernment can elicit religious significance. As a result, Church tradition should develop doctrine and foster holiness by being receptive to emerging experiences and cultural change. John Henry Newman was a highly controversial figure and his insightful writings continue to challenge and influence scholarship today. This book is a significant contribution to that scholarship and the analysis and literature comprise a detailed research guide for graduates and scholars.
Gerard Magill, PhD. holds the Vernon F. Gallagher Endowed Chair and is a tenured Professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Previously, he was a Department Chair for almost a decade at Saint Louis University in Saint Louis, Missouri. He obtained his doctoral degree in systematic theology at Edinburgh University,...
Title:Religious Morality in John Henry Newman: Hermeneutics of the ImaginationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:231 pagesPublished:October 8, 2014Publisher:Springer-Verlag/Sci-Tech/TradeLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction


2. Truth and Holiness

2.1  Seeds of Conversion

     2.1.1 External Pressures

     2.1.2 Doctrine and Salvation

     2.1.3 Reason and Conscience

2.2 Growth to Conversion

     2.2.1 Dogmatic and Sacramental Principles

     2.2.2 Principle of Economy

     2.2.3 Patristic Influence

2.3 Hostility to Religious Liberalism

     2.3.1 Liberalism as Rationalism

     2.3.2 Doctrine and Salvation

     2.3.3 Affinity with Liberal Catholics

2.4 Conclusion


3. Reason and Belief

3.1 Illative Sense.

     3.1.1 Inference and Assent

     3.1.2 Inductive Process

3.2 Sufficient Reasoning

     3.2.1 Conditional Inference

     3.2.2 Unconditional Assent

3.3 Newman's Hermeneutics

     3.3.1 Analogies

     3.3.2 Role of the Will

3.4 Objective Truth

     3.4.1 Subjective Process

     3.4.2 Concrete and Abstract Reasoning

     3.4.3 Exclusion of Doubt

3.5 Moral Demonstration

     3.5.1 Moral Certitude

     3.5.2 Practical Certainty

     3.5.3 Normativity

3.6 Conclusion


4. Hermeneutics of the Imagination

4.1  Theory of Knowledge

     4.1.1 Components of Knowledge

     4.1.2 Role of Hypothesis

4.2 Moral Rhetoric

     4.2.1 Interpretative and Assertive Roles

     4.2.2 Creativity and Intensity

     4.2.3 Imagination and Action

4.3 Theological Hermeneutics

      4.3.1 Abstract and Concrete Reasoning

      4.3.2 New Instrument for Theology

      4.3.3 Notional and Real Assent

4.4 Theological History

     4.4.1 Via Media

     4.4.2 Development of Doctrine

     4.4.3 Principle of Economy

4.5 Conclusion


Chapter 5. Moral Law

5.1  First Principles

     5.1.1 Experience and Abstraction

     5.1.2 Character and Assent

5.2 Meaning of Moral Law

     5.2.1 Genesis of Moral Law

     5.2.2 Application of Moral Law

5.3 Dispute Over Lying.

     5.3.1 Cautious Dispensation of Truth

     5.3.2 Just Cause

5.4 Refinement of Moral Law

     5.4.1 Historical Consciousness

     5.4.2 Interpretation of Moral Doctrine

5.5 Conclusion


Chapter 6. Moral Conscience           

6.1  Moral Sense and Rationality

     6.1.1 Informal Inference

     6.1.2 Moral Certitude

6.2 Sense of Duty and Responsibility

     6.2.1 Voice of God

     6.2.2 Theonomous Autonomy

     6.2.3 God, Truth, and Holiness

6.3 Conclusion


Chapter 7. Church Tradition

7.1  The Faithful and Theologians.

     7.1.1 Consent of the Faithful

     7.1.2 Freedom of Theologians

7.2 Church Magisterium

     7.2.1 Church Teaching

     7.2.2 Papal Infallibility

7.3 Truth and Holiness

     7.3.1 Supremacy of Conscience

     7.3.2 Patience, Silence, and Prayer.

7.4 Conclusion




Editorial Reviews

"This book as one of the most valuable contributions to Newman studies in many years. Indeed, it is one of only a handful that effectively systematizes a major area of Newman's thought. It persuasively illuminates why he is one of our outstanding modern guides for moral and religious reflection. Magill has done religious ethicists and moral theologians a particularly great service; they may now turn to this one text for a succinct distillation of Newman's essential contribution to their discipline" (Damon McGraw, Modern Theology, Vol. 33 (2), April, 2017)