Genius of John Henry Newman
Selections from his Writings
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Ian Ker presents a major collection of Newman's writings, celebrating his full achievements as both a universally significant religious thinker, and a major Victorian writer. An unsystematic thinker, Newman's ideas are scattered throughout his works - most of which were 'occasional' in their origin. This anthology provides a rich and varied sampling from his voluminous works, drawing our attention to some of the very finest passages in Newman's writings whether selected from his well-known publications or from occasional texts that are difficult to find in print. The selection is divided into five sections, which focus on his life as an educator, a philosopher, a preacher, a theologian, and a writer.
Review from previous edition 'a judicious selection from Newman's writings... The obvious advantage of the book, apart from its representation of the range of Newman's concerns, is that many of the extracts are otherwise not easily accessible... an exciting book to read. Ker seems to have read and absorbed everything Newman ever wrote, including his voluminous correspondence, and in the process to have acquired a remarkable ability to see everything from his perspective.' David Brown, Notes & Queries 'Ian Ker is unquestionably the most authoritative and all-round Newman scholar of our day. In a whole range of articles and major studies, he has demonstrated a breathtaking familiarity not only with the life and times of a man whose career spanned very nearly the whole of the nineteenth century, but with his theological and literary achievement as well. Newman's polar complexity and Ker's comprehensive appropriation of the same is excellently displayed in The Genius of John Henry Newman.' Terrance Merrigan 'wide-ranging and felicitous selection' B. L. Horne
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