The Personalism of John Henry Newman

  • by John F. Crosby
  • Narrated by Kevin F. Spalding
  • 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

It has been said that John Henry Newman "stands at the threshold of the new age as a Christian Socrates, the pioneer of a new philosophy of the individual person and personal life." Newman's personalism is found in the way he contrasts the "theological intellect" and the "religious imagination."
Newman pleads for the latter when he famously says, in words that John F. Crosby takes as the motto of his book, "I am far from denying the real force of the arguments in proof of a God...but these do not warm me or enlighten me; they do not take away the winter of my desolation, or make the buds unfold and the leaves grow within me, and my moral being rejoice."
In The Personalism of John Henry Newman, Crosby tells the listener how Newman finds the life-giving religious knowledge that he seeks. He explores the "heart" in Newman and explains what Newman was saying when he chose as his cardinal's motto, cor ad cor loquitur (heart speaks to heart). He explains what Newman means in saying that religious truth is transmitted not by argument but by "personal influence."

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What the Critics Say

"Crosby's book is an excellent addition to Newman scholarship as well as to personalist thinkers." (American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly)
"Both the veteran reader of Newman and the reader eager to have an introduction to Newman's thought will profit from this fine volume." (International Philosophical Quarterly)

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Personal Influence

Newman put his personal influence aside whenever he preached so that he can rely on the Holy Spirit to touch and move hearts toward conversion. That's the reason why he had a monotone way of delivering his sermons. Hence, his influence is still made upon Christians, in and through the example of his docility, meekness, and humility, in the presence of the Holy Spirit, who blows wherever He wills, and guides the Christian soul, in the ways of the Lord. Blessed John Henry Newman, pray for us!
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- Steven Diaz

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-19-2016
  • Publisher: University Press Audiobooks