Review by Choice Review
Ian Ker knows Newman very well, having edited or coedited a number of recent editions of Newman's writings and authored The Achievement of John Henry Newman (CH, Nov'90). In the present compact study, Ker admits Newman was neither a systematic theologian nor an author of an orderly introduction to Christianity or Catholicism. Although anthologies have collected his essential thinking on the Christian faith, this book is the first attempt to synthesize Newman's writings into an appealing outline of Catholic Christianity he would surely approve. This sketch focuses on Newman's original and substantial reflections on faith, revelation (including nine pages on the development of doctrine--"his most important original contribution to Catholic theology"), redemption, Mary, the Church, the sacraments, Christian life, and life after death. Each chapter consists of numerous well-chosen, chronologically arranged passages (drawing upon Newman's Anglican and Catholic writings), which Ker perceptively fits into context and interprets. The book should meet the needs of a variety of readers: those wanting an introduction to or review of Christianity, those seeking the thought and spirituality of "the Father of the Second Vatican Council," and those knowing Newman's life and work but wanting an outline of the faith such a synthesis could produce. Highly recommended. -L. M. Tenbusch, Immaculata College
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Review by Library Journal Review
This is a straightforward synthesis of John Henry Cardinal Newman's ideas on faith, revelation, Mary, the Church, Christian life, and other related topics. The chapters on faith and revelation demand familiarity with theology; other chapters are more accessible. Although Newman's life and conversion to Catholicism are not explicitly dealt with, the evolution of his understanding of tenets of faith such as papal infallibility is well traced. Quotations from his writings on sin, conscience, and scriptural and patristic teachings give a meditative quality to the text. This work firmly places Newman's ideas in historical context while affirming his influence on the modern Catholic Church. Recommended for extensive religion collections.-- Nancy M. Laskowski, Free Lib. of Philadelphia (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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