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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Here Newman finishes his reflections on the connection between Church and the Canon.
Here Newman shows how we can resolve difficulties with Scripture only by taking it as the Canon validated by the Church.
Here Newman looks at some of the lesser parts of the Canon, asking how, apart from the verdict of the Church, we should know them as such?
Here, Newman considers the was in which the Church's understanding of the role of Scripture demonstrates the principle of development.
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.