Reason has its place, but has sought to usurp that of authority.
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Why men and women do not see what is before them.
Why so much that passes for ecumenism cannot work.
Tracing the notion of a developing understanding of doctrine was not an academic exercise for Newman. It was a search for the question which besets most Christians - which is by what authority (other than their own conviction) do they believe what they believe? Here, Newman shows how the Church may be discerned in the noise of controversy and heresy.
The question 'by what authority do you say these things?' is one which haunts all Christian apologetics. Here Newman begins to engage with it - his words as applicable now as then.
This is an extract from a letter Newman wrote to the Bishop of Oxford on 14 April 1842 denying rumours in the newspapers that he was setting up a monastery in Littlemore. How little things change.