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Development: the Canon

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Development: the Canon

One of the strongest of Newman's arguments is the Canon of the New Testament. Nowhere mention in itself, nowhere enumerated by book, it is nonetheless accepted by all orthodox Christians. The reasons for this, Newman argues, work in favour of the argument for a developing understanding and for the authority of tradition.

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Scripture

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Scripture

Here, Newman considers the was in which the Church's understanding of the role of Scripture demonstrates the principle of development.

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Development: the Canon

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Development: the Canon

One of the examples Newman uses to illustrate his idea of the developing understanding of doctrine is the evolution of the Canon. Despite the beliefs of some, the Bible does not actually tell us either that exists or what books should be in it. We know it because of the tradition of the Church; that being so, there are, as we shall see, other aspects of our faith falling under the same head.

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