As we saw in the series on the Apologia, Newman's study of history was a major reason for his coming to the view that the Catholic Church was the true Church founded by Jesus. Writing in the preface for the 1878 edition, Newman explained that 'The following pages were not in the first instance written to prove the divinity of the Catholic Religion, though ultimately they furnish a positive argument in its behalf, but to explain certain difficulties in its history, felt before now by the author himself, and commonly insisted on by Protestants in controversy, as serving to blunt the force of its primâ facie and general claims on our recognition.'
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Newman had a marked devotion to Our Lady, and his comments on Marian veneration are always grounded in a good grasp of history.
In this final letter to his nephew, Jack, Newman tries to deal with the opposition which must exist between the Church and the world.
Newman was a great advocate of a university education, but he feared the effect of what he called 'liberalism in religion'. This blog exists in the tension between those two ideas.