We finsih this short series with an extract from the famous Tract 90, Newman outlines the Anglican 'branch theory', which held that it, the Roman and the Orthodox Churches were all branches of the same tree.
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Here, from Tract 2, another piece of timeless wisdom.
We begin a short series of extracts from the famous 'Tracts for the Times'. This, by Newman himself, was the beginning of the first Tract; how times fail to change.
This is the introduction to a series of posts on Pusey's reaction to the 1860 volume, 'Essays and Reviews', which led to his 'Eirenicon' and a conflict with Manning and Newman.
Newman was not fond of the view that he was one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement, mainly because he was painfully aware of his own deficiencies in that respect. It is hard, however, to agree with his assessment here.
Newman was a man who needed inspiration to write, and a cause to support - Keble's sermon and what became the Oxford Movement, gave him both.
'The following Sunday, July 14th, Mr. Keble preached the Assize Sermon in the University Pulpit. It was published under the title of "National Apostasy." I have ever considered and kept the day, as the start of the religious movement of 1833.'