Newman’s Apologia

The Self in a Faceless World
  • Patrick Grant


Newman tells us that throughout the ages of the church there has been a steady disinclination among teachers ‘to confine themselves to the mere literal interpretation of Scripture’. Rather, the church’s ‘most subtle and powerful method of proof … is the mystical sense’, and Newman concludes that ‘It may be almost laid down as an historical fact, that the mystical interpretation and orthodoxy will stand or fall together.’1


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  1. 5.
    Hilda Graef, God and Myself. The Spirituality of John Henry Newman (London: Peter Davies, 1967), p. 171. See also p. 109: ‘Newman never became familiar with the Catholic mystics.’Google Scholar
  2. 6.
    Edward Sillem, ed., The Philosophical Notebook of John Henry Newman, 2 vols (Louvain: Nauwelaerts, 1969), vol. 1, General Introduction to the Study of Newman’s Philosophy. Page numbers are cited in the text.Google Scholar
  3. 7.
    See Sheridan Gilley, Newman and his Age (London: Darton, Longman & Todd, 1990), p. 356Google Scholar
  4. Ian Ker, John Henry Newman. A Biography (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1988), p. 619.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick Grant
    • 1
  1. 1.University of VictoriaCanada

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