John Henry Newman: Fifteen Sermons Preached Before the University of Oxford
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 560
Width: 14.5 cm
Height: 22.3 cm
Newman himself called the Oxford University Sermons, first published in 1843, `the best, not the most perfect, book I have done'. He added, `I mean there is more to develop in it'. Indeed, the book is a precursor of all his major later works, including especially the Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine and the Grammar of Assent. Dealing with the relationship of faith and reason, the fifteen sermons represent Newman's resolution of the conflict between heart and head that so troubled believers, non-believers, and agnostics of the nineteenth century, Their controversial nature also makes them one of the primary documents of the Oxford Movement. This new edition provides an introduction to the sermons, a definitive text with textual variants, extensive annotation, and appendices containing previously unpublished material.
This superb critical edition not only sets Newman's University Sermons in the context of his own life and thought, and of the cultural acids that he saw so clearly were eating away at Christian culture; the detailed annotation and careful indexing provide future scholars with the tools to set Newman in context and identify his varying interlocutors. Editors and publisher are indeed to be congratulated. * Geoffrey Rowell The Journal of Theological Studies * The power and stories these letters tell in enhanced by the high editorial standards we have come to expect from this series. It is to be hoped that such excellence will be displayed in other edited works, both by Newman and by the other members of the Tractarian circles. * Robert Ellison, English Historical Review *