The Thought of John Henry Newman

June 17-21, 2013 at Oriel College, University of Oxford

This seminar was an intensive five-day course for graduate students on the thought of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman. It examined Newman’s achievement as theologian, philosopher, educator, preacher, and writer. Remarkably, in each of these areas Newman produced works that have come to be recognized as classics:  An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, The Grammar of Assent, The Idea of a University, The Parochial and Plain Sermons, and the Apologia Pro Vita Sua. This seminar approached Newman’s thought on the whole through a critical engagement with these texts. 

Seminar Leader: Ian Ker is the leading authority on the thought and writings of John Henry Newman, and is the author and editor of more than 20 books on Newman, including John Henry Newman: A Biography, Newman on Being a Christian, Newman and the Fullness of Christianity, and Healing the Wound of Humanity: The Spirituality of John Henry Newman. He is currently working on a book tentatively titled Newman, the Second Vatican Council, and the Postconciliar Church. Ker is a senior research fellow at Blackfriars Hall, Oxford University. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge, and holds Honorary Doctorates from the University of Leicester and the University of Toronto.

Location: The seminar was held where Newman studied as a fellow at Oriel College at the University of Oxford.

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