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The Threefold Office in Christ and the Church

It’s a classic thesis of Christian theology — especially dear to the Reformed tradition, but with appeal more broadly — that Christ fulfills a threefold office in his temporal mission, of prophet, priest, and king. Jesus sums up the three … Continue reading

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Humean Newman

In one of his Grammar of Assent‘s more famous lines, Newman remarks: “As to Logic, its chain of conclusions hangs loose at both ends; both the point from which the proof should start, and the points at which it should arrive, … Continue reading

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The World of Scripture

A beautiful meditation of Newman on Scripture that could’ve come straight from Augustine: After all our diligence, to the end of our lives and to the end of the Church, [Scripture] must be an unexplored and unsubdued land, with heights and … Continue reading

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Changing to stay the same

A justly famous paragraph: It is indeed sometimes said that the stream is clearest near the spring. Whatever use may fairly be made of this image, it does not apply to the history of a philosophy or belief, which on … Continue reading

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Creedal complexity

The greater the variation and pluriformity of expression and entailment an idea admits, Newman insists, the more exactly it might be thought to approximate the thing for which it stands: As views of a material object may be taken from … Continue reading

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Aquinas vs. Newman on doctrinal development

In discussing whether the articles of faith “creverint secundum temporum successionem,” Thomas considers the following objection: Sicut per apostolos ad nos fides Christi pervenit, ita etiam in veteri testamento per priores patres ad posteriores devenit cognitio fidei, secundum illud Deut. … Continue reading

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Philosophy: Useless knowledge or key to virtue?

In the fifth Discourse of The Idea of a University, Newman identifies a tension basic to philosophy’s self-understanding since the beginning. On the one hand, he quotes Aristotle and Cicero to the effect that true knowledge is its own end, and … Continue reading

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