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How was Kingsley to know that Newman was genuine and not some slick operator?

One of them is his persistent diatribe against religious liberalism, which he defines quite precisely in the first endnote. The word that came to mind while reading Apologia was: Indeed, it might have been taken directly from Philip Doddridge’s The Rise and Progress which, although not an autobiographical work per se, attempts to describe the stages in a Christian’s journey from sin to salvation.

This movement will not be complete—nor, indeed, even figurally obvious—until the opening lines of chapter IV in which Newman invokes the Augustinian topos of the medical crisis. Newman’s emphasis on the sources of his religious opinions, to the omission of details of family and student life, has led some literary critics to exclude the Apologia from the canon of English autobiography.

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There was usually too much I didn’t know about the individuals, situation, politics or other intricacies to be able to discern what he was getting at. Augustine the protagonist may seen to be on his deathbed-cum-bier, but Augustine the autobiographer knows that his state is one of crisis-cum-conversion.

What was the use of continuing the controversy, or defending my position, if, after all, I was forging arguments for Arms or Eutyches, and turning devil’s advocate against the much-enduring Athanasius and the majestic Leo? The role of the hero for Homer is simply to win great honor in a harsh world, to achieve lasting fame. Similarly, John Newton tells of his courtship and its effect upon his life only to satisy the queries of one of his patrons.

Penguin Books,p. Their rather drab titles belie the attentive and sympathetic exposition of themes within and behind the APVS that contributed to my appreciation immensely. Once rescued from death, Augustine recognized the errors of the Manichean doctrines and the soundness of Catholic teaching; “with joy I blushed,” he confesses, “at having so many years barked not against the Catholic faith, but against the fictions of carnal imaginations” This combination of a divinely endowed mind and divinely ordained circumstances is Newman’s adaptation of Scoti’s argument and, indeed, a revision of the evangelical formula for conversion.


The biblical metaphor has been altered, once again to mute what might be mistaken for Protestant overtones, but paradoxically even this alteration demonstrates Newman’s commitment to Augustinian autobiography.

Before he can turn to a specifically Augustinian topos, however, Newman must undergo a generic crisis.

Numbers in brackets indicate page breaks in the print edition and thus allow users of VW to cite or locate the original page numbers. I suspect I would have been better served reading about Newman than reading him, though his prose is quite lovely by eighteenth century standards, at least, which are rather low.

At the beginning of the key chapter of the Apologia Newman refers to Aeneid and thereby shows what is his own intention in writing: And now I am in a train of thought higher and more serene than any which slanders can disturb.

Newman cannot achieve his desired goal and save the Church from Liberalism through the concept of the Infallibility of the Church. Biblical allusions, then, because of their associations with evangelical spiritual autobiography, do not dominate the text of the Apologiaand those that do appear are not typological in intention. Newman’s sensitivity, his awareness and his insight is astonishing: In the first two chapters of the ApologiaNewman makes his account almost exclusively a series of encounters with theological texts.

As someone raised Catholic, I was always aware of the importance of Newman to English Catholics, and to Catholics at colleges and universities — most public universities in the US have a Newman Center which serves as something of a parish center for Catholics on campus.

What Myrmidon or Dolopian, or soldier of the stern Ulysses, could refrain from tears in telling such a tale? But it is precisely the work’s omission of secular concerns and its consistent attention to the development of Newman’s theological beliefs that provide the most conclusive evidence of its generic intention. When Newman wrote the Apologiahowever, The Force of Truth was attractive not only for its author’s sake, but for the solution it provided to the problem of generic form.


And I was glad to have the chance to learn more about Cardinal Newman and why he became a Catholic. Jan 07, C. It’s my duty, no doubt, to write at length on the Apologia in the near future, but for now suffice it to say I was hugely underwhelmed.

Cita Read Edit View history. To put it another way, the purpose of both kinds of allusions is primarily rhetorical, not hermeneutic: He admits surprise even in retrospect chat the Monophysite concrovery should have instigated his conversion: He concludes the historical narrative in order newmaj begin a confession of the “Creed of the Church” So at least Shumaker suggests when he writes of the gradual evolution during the nineteenth century from i.

More important, it represents an attempt to make the theological implications of narrative absolutely clear.

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Quis talia fando Myrmidonum Dolopumve aut duri miles Ulixi temperet a lacrimis? God is pleased sometimes to begin the work of his grace on the heart almost from the first dawning of reason, and to carry it on by such gentle and insensible degrees that very excellent aapologia, who have made the most eminent attainments in the divine life, have been unable to recount any remarkable history of their conversion. Augustine engages in confessio peccati in the narrative of his life from birth to spiritual conversion; he shifts to confessio fidei in the personal reflections joun book X and in the theological exposition of Genesis in books XI-XIII Both Protestants and Hemry Catholics will find much that is valuable here.

LitFlash The eBooks you want at the lowest prices. Surely he had no desire to propagate in the Apologia a pattern of private interpretation he had rejected as insufficient for his life.

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