Every time we recite the Creed we talk of Christ being made man, here Newman reflects in these words.
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The prospect of Judgment should help us compose our minds.
Christ's words about his body and blood could not be clearer.
As Newman observes here, the doctrine known as Original Sin is not mentioned in the New Testament, and the version we get from St Augustine (or Austin, as Newman has it in the old fashion) is not quite what the Orthodox hold. For a well-informed contemporary discussion, showing how close the Latin and Greek views are, this post at Fr Aidan Kimel's Eclectic Orthodoxy is recommended.
In the second of our extracts from newman's response to Pusey, he draws the parallel with Eve and explains how that leads the Church towards the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception. Tomorrow's post will explain that more fully.
The fact that we are 'impicated' in some great 'catastrophe' seemed clear to Newman - as it is to any Christian with access to a mirror.
In this meditation Newman reflects on God's purpose for each of us.
Brooke Fosse Westcott (1825-1901) was Bishop of Durham and one of the ablest of the second generation of Anglicans inspired by the Catholic Tradition.
Our Lady's glories speak to her Son, as she, herself, will guid all who truly seek her, to him.
Here, in the seventh and final sign of authentic development, Newman deals with the vigour of the Church.
The penultimate sign of authentic development is that it is in line with what came before.
Catholicism has developed from the true vine.
The doctrines of the Church proceed logically from its founding on the faith of St Peter and the commission given to him and his successors.
Christianity was able to assimilate into itself those glimpses of the Divine which were to be found in other religions, without losing anything of its own integrity.
The Catholic Church has been faithful to the principles established by Christ.
The first test of the genuineness of any development is whether it is true to type. The oak tree grows from the acorn, but if you plant an acorn and you end up with a weeping willow, the acorn has died.
As a prologue to a series of posts on Newman and the development of doctrine, a short essay on why this subject is so important at this time.
In fine form, Newman scouts the idea that there is no Apostolical Tradition and no Church which preserves it.
Then, as now, a want of faith, not just in the sense of not believing in the Church, bit not believing in its possibility, was the main obstacle to belief. We pray that the Spirit comes.
In Newman's time, as now, there was a fashion to downplay dogma and doctrine and exalt emotion. This is a good warning against that temptation.