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John Henry Newman on Truth and Its Counterfeits

by Reinhard Hutter

Part of the Sacra Doctrina Series

John Henry Newman on Truth and Its Counterfeits Synopsis

Reinhard Hutter's main thesis in this third volume of the Sacra Doctrina series is that John Henry Newman, in his own context of the nineteenth century, a century far from being a foreign one to our own, faced the same challenges as we do today; the problems then and now differ in degree, not in kind. Hence, Newman's engagement with these problems offers us a prescient and indeed prophetic diagnosis of what these problems or errors, if not corrected, will lead to-consequences which have more or less come to pass-and, furthermore, an alternative way which is at once thoroughly Catholic and holds contemporary relevance. The introduction offers a survey of Newman's life and works and each of the subsequent four chapters addresses one significant aspect of Christianity that is not only contested or rejected by secular unbelief, but also has a counterfeit for which not only Christians, but even Catholics have fallen. The counterfeit of conscience is the conscience of the sovereign subject (Ch. 1); the counterfeit of faith is the faith of one who does not submit to the living authority through which God communicates but rather adheres to the principle of private judgment in matters of revealed religion(Ch.2); the counterfeit of doctrinal development is twofold: (i) paying lip service to development while only selectively accepting its consequences on the grounds of a specious antiquarianism and (ii) invoking development theory to justify all sorts of contemporary changes according to the present Zeitgeist (Ch. 3). Finally, the counterfeit of the university are all those universities whose end is not to educate and thereby to perfect the intellect, but rather to feed more efficiently the empire of desire that is informed by the techno-consumerism of today (Ch. 4). John Henry Newman on Truth and its Counterfeits concludes with an epilogue on Hutter's journey to Catholicism.

John Henry Newman on Truth and Its Counterfeits Press Reviews

The book's main contribution is in the application of Newman's thought to contemporary problems, and to that portion of Newman studies that seeks to bring Newman into a wider theological discourse. --Andrew Meszaros, author of The Prophetic Church: History and Doctrinal Development in John Henry Newman and Yves Congar

Book Information

ISBN: 9780813232324
Publication date: 30th May 2020
Author: Reinhard Hutter
Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: Religion: general, Christian theology,

About Reinhard Hutter

Reinhard Hutter is ordinary professor of fundamental and dogmatic theology at The Catholic University of America and the author of seven previous books, including Bound for Beatitude and Aquinas on Transubstantiation (both CUA Press).

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