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Newman on Christian Doctrine

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Newman on Christian Doctrine

This reflection for our ‘Journeying With Newman’ podcast series is notable as it was the first episode released after the canonisation. John Henry Newman is now a saint.

Dr. Andrew Meszaros is a lecturer in Systematic Theology at Ireland’s Pontifical University, Saint Patrick’s College, Maynooth. His focus falls today on Newman’s Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine.

“The power of Newman’s prose comes, in part, from the cumulative weight that accrues from all his examples of how the various elements of the Christian tradition all stand and fall together… Newman reminds us that to pick one aspect of Christianity, and reject another is tantamount to a false Christianity.

“And conversely, we should remember that all that we believe and do as Catholics is in some way related to the core of our faith. Nothing authentically Catholic is insignificant.”