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John Henry Newman is widely recognized as the greatest Catholic thinker of the 19th century; why then did he refuse the title of «theologian »? This refusal expressed above all a rejection of the dominant Catholic theology and philosophy of his day which was essentially conceptual, profoundly unhistorical, and – most importantly – divorced from the domain of spiritual experience. Newman’s own theology is steeped in history, is profoundly biblically-based, and above all is inseparable from his spirituality. He insists on the importance of the «real» as opposed to the purely «notional ». And if he insists on the importance of «dogma», it is because he is keenly aware that our manner of thinking about God determines our ability to pray to him and to seek him.

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John Henry Newman, Dogma, Theology and Spirituality, Church Fathers, «real» and «notional»


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«Biglietto Speech» (1879), in Addresses to Cardinal Newman with HCertain Difficulties Felt by Anglicans in Catholic Teaching, 2 vols. (1850) 1876.

Discourses Addressed to Mixed Congregations, 1849.

An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent, 1870.

An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, 1845.

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The Idea of a University, (1852) 1873.

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Other authors quoted


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Secondary literature

BEAUMONT, K., Dieu intérieur. La théologie spirituelle de John Henry Newman, Paris: Ad Solem, 2014.

BEAUMONT, K., «Newman et la question de l’inspiration biblique», Newman et la Bible. Études Newmaniennes 29 (2013) 143-164.

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THOMAS, S., Newman and Heresy. The Anglican Years, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.


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En la canonización de J. H. Newman
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Keith Beaumont, Association Francophone des Amis de Newm.