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John Henry Newman (1801–1890)

Author of Apologia pro Vita Sua

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About the Author

English clergyman John Henry Newman was born on February 21, 1801. He was educated at Trinity College, University of Oxford. He was the leader of the Oxford movement and cardinal after his conversion to the Roman Catholic Church. In 1822, he received an Oriel College fellowship, which was then the show more highest distinction of Oxford scholarship, and was appointed a tutor at Oriel. Two years later, he became vicar of St. Mary's, the Anglican church of the University of Oxford, and exerted influence on the religious thought through his sermons. When Newman resigned his tutorship in 1832, he made a tour of the Mediterranean region and wrote the hymn "Lead Kindly Light." He was also one of the chief contributors to "Tracts for the Times" (1833-1841), writing 29 papers including "Tract 90", which terminated the series. The final tract was met with opposition because of its claim that the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England are aimed primarily at the abuses of Roman Catholicism. Newman retired from Oxford in 1842 to the village of Littlemore. He spent three years in seclusion and resigned his post as vicar of St. Mary's on October 9, 1845. During this time, he wrote a retraction of his criticisms of the Roman Catholic Church and after writing his "Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine," he became a Roman Catholic. The following year, he went to Rome and was ordained a priest and entered the Congregation of the Oratory. The remainder of Newman's life was spent in the house of the Oratory that he established near Birmingham. He also served as rector of a Roman Catholic university that the bishops of Ireland were trying to establish in Dublin from 1854-1858. While there, he delivered a series of lectures that were later published as "The Idea of a University Defined" (1873), which says the function of a university is the training of the mind instead of the giving of practical information. In 1864, Newman published "Apologia pro Vita Sua (Apology for His Life)" in response to the charge that Roman Catholicism was indifferent to the truth. It is an account of his spiritual development and regarded as both a religious autobiography and English prose. Newman also wrote "An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent" (1870), and the novels "Loss and Gain" (1848), Callista" (1856) and "The Dream of Gerontius" (1865). Newman was elected an honorary fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, in 1877 and was made cardinal by Pope Leo XIII in 1879. He died on August 11, 1890. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by John Henry Newman

Apologia pro Vita Sua (1864) 1,444 copies
The Idea of a University (1852) 901 copies
Parochial and Plain Sermons (1987) 208 copies
Meditations and Devotions (1893) 126 copies
The Dream of Gerontius (1865) 118 copies
The Heart of Newman (1930) 117 copies
The Essential Newman (1960) — Author — 61 copies
Lead, Kindly Light (1987) 60 copies
Everyday Meditations (1916) 52 copies
Waiting For Christ (2018) 52 copies
Anglican Difficulties (1879) 45 copies
Verses on various occasions (1868) 41 copies
The Church of the Fathers (2002) 41 copies
On the inspiration of Scripture (1967) — Author — 34 copies
A Newman Reader (1964) 29 copies
Faith and prejudice (1956) 28 copies
Tears of Christ (2019) 22 copies
Newman and Gladstone: the Vatican decrees (1962) — Author — 20 copies
Sermons and discourses (1949) 14 copies
University sketches (2012) 14 copies
Selected Writings to 1845 (2002) 12 copies
I Step, I Mount (1989) 12 copies
Hymns (1886) — Author — 12 copies
Who Is a Christian? (1985) 10 copies
A Confederacy of Evil (2012) 10 copies
Parochial sermons (2011) 9 copies
A Benedictine Education (2020) 9 copies
The mystery of the church (1981) 8 copies
Newman on Lent (2009) 8 copies
Antikrist (2010) 6 copies
The Stations of the Cross (1966) 5 copies
Stations of the Cross (2020) 5 copies
A Newman prayer book (2008) 5 copies
La fe y la razon (1993) 4 copies
Gesù: pagine scelte (1992) 4 copies
The fine gold of Newman (1931) 4 copies
Sermons, 1824-1843 (1991) 4 copies
Esperando a Cristo (1997) 4 copies
Meditazione e preghiere (1979) 4 copies
El cor parla al cor (1991) 4 copies
Maria e la vita cristiana (1894) 4 copies
University subjects (1913) 3 copies
12 sermons sur le Christ (1995) 3 copies
Scritti oratoriani (2010) 3 copies
Opere (1988) 3 copies
Sermons, 1824-1843 (1994) 3 copies
Persuadido por la verdad (1995) 3 copies
Sermones parroquiales. 2 (2007) 2 copies
Pensamientos (1995) 2 copies
Newman's "gentleman," (1916) 2 copies
Sermones - Tomo I (2011) 2 copies
El sueño de un anciano (2014) 2 copies
Sulla coscienza vol. 9 (1999) 1 copy
Friend of Human Nature St Paul — Author — 1 copy
Križni put 1 copy
Rizika víry (2011) 1 copy
Chemin de croix (1949) 1 copy
Une pensée par jour (2010) 1 copy
Litanie Lauretane (1985) 1 copy
Via Crucis (1999) 1 copy
Vain Repetitions (2010) 1 copy
Perdita e guadagno (2017) 1 copy

Associated Works

Essays: English and American (1910) — Contributor — 600 copies
Hymns of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1985) — Contributor — 273 copies
Prose of the Victorian Period (1938) — Contributor — 215 copies
The Portable Conservative Reader (1982) — Contributor — 210 copies
Lancelot Andrewes and His Private Devotions (1903) — Translator, some editions — 208 copies
The Portable Victorian Reader (1972) — Contributor — 176 copies
Catena Aurea (4 Volumes) (1842) — Translator, some editions — 152 copies


Common Knowledge



English cardinal John Newman to be declared a saint in Catholic Tradition (February 2020)
Newman on Vatican II in Catholic Tradition (November 2014)
Church factions battle for soul of Cardinal Newman in Christianity (September 2010)


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This seemed like an important work when I was in college, and still a Roman Catholic, but I can't recall it's details now.
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