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Newman 101: An Introduction to the Life and Philosophy of John Cardinal Newman [Paperback]

By Roderick Strange (Author)
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From his controversial conversion from the Anglican Church to Catholicism to his influential perspective on the First Vatican Council, John Cardinal Newman has been one of the most celebrated thinkers in Catholic history. Now as the cause for his canonization gains momentum, his life and work appear all the more fascinating. In Newman 101, Roderick Strange offers an accessible introduction to the thought of the popular and widely studied philosopher, highlighting his Catholic vision for a new generation of readers.

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Studio: Christian Classics
Pages   174
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.54" Height: 0.45"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2008
Publisher   Christian Classics
Series  Christian Classics - Ave Maria Press  
ISBN  0870612476  
ISBN13  9780870612473  

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Review of NEWMAN 101 by Roderick Strange  Feb 7, 2010
NEWMAN 101 is an excellent introduction to the life and contributions of John Henry Cardinal Newman. As a child and as an adult, he was highly intelligent and shared much of his learning with others. A Fellow of Oriel College in Oxford University in England, he engaged in teaching and also in dialogue with other University professors and scholars. In his efforts to bring balance to the Anglican Church in England, he studied the early Fathers of the Church and was dismayed to find that the patristic teachings were growing and developing, not in the Anglican Church, but in the Roman Catholic Church. His convictions led him to become a Roman Catholic which caused him to lose the suppport of many colleagues and friends. Newman experienced difficulties throughout his life. Only in his old age were his contributions to religious thought more generally recognized and he was created a Cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church.
Roderick Strange's style of writing is clear and concise. He brings out the details and sufferings of Newman, but interspersed with this, he injects his own experience of getting to know and appreciate Newman. He gives sufficient biographical detail to help the reader be familiar with the most important events in Newman's life, but then focuses on such topics as the workings of his mind, his understanding of various teachings of the Catholic Church, his witness to holiness. He then sums up all in his final chapter, entitled "The Flame of Love."
I would recommend this book to anyone who is willing to share Newman's search for truth in the Church. It is particularly appropriate in this year, 2010, when Newman will be beatified by the Roman Catholic Church so that he will be known as Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman.
A Newman Study for All Readers  Jul 16, 2009

Have you read any Newman?
Newman's Path
A Mind Alive
Infallible Authority
Mary, the Mother of Jesus
Serving the Laity
Seeking Church Unity
Strange Providence
Preaching a Living Faith
Witness to Holiness
The Flame of Love
(Plus: a helpful chronology, notes, bibliography, and index)

Over the years I have read many books about Newman: biographies, studies, monographs. I have read Newman's major works and many of his sermons. I have taught classes on Cardinal Newman. When I picked up this book to read as a review before attending a seminar at Christ Church at the University of Oxford, I really did not expect to learn anything new.

With that preface out of the way--this book truly impressed me. Father Strange reveals Newman's influence and impact on his life and vocation as a priest in so many wonderful ways, so that the book has a very appropriate "heart speaks to heart" quality (Cor ad cor loquitor/Heart Speaks to Heart was Newman's motto as Cardinal).

He provides an excellent overview of Cardinal Newman's life and his major efforts and works. The chapter on Marian Doctrine and Devotion, not always a theme expected in an introductory study of Newman, was truly revelatory. Newman's apologetic for the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, like his explanation of the First Vatican Council's declaration on Papal Infallibility, provides a clear defense of the Church's teachings while placing them in their proper context of the Divine Economy of Salvation.

Father Strange also enlightens when describing Newman's understanding of God's providence in his life (and in the lives of all Christians), the course of Newman's sermons at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin during the Oxford Movement, his efforts to help the laity, and to advance Christian unity.

The last two chapters are perhaps the most extraordinary: a comparison of St. Thomas More and Venerable John Henry Newman as a meditation on sanctity and canonization and an analysis of Newman's epic poem, "The Dream of Gerontius".

The title may indicate that this book is on an introductory level, it's true (in the U.K. the title was "John Henry Newman: A Mind Alive" which does not have such a college course catalog flavor about it). The writing is clear and accessible, but the richness of Father Strange's introduction goes far beyond just an acquaintance or chance meeting--it reveals friendship and understanding. Highly recommended to anyone wanting to know more about Venerable (soon to be Beatified) John Henry Newman.


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