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The Newman Review is an e-publication of the National Institute for Newman Studies (NINS) featuring scholarly, original articles on John Henry Newman’s legacy and its relevance for today. Manuscripts demonstrating critical engagement with Newman’s life and thought are encouraged. The Newman Review is internally reviewed by NINS academic staff.

Newman High: More Lessons for Secondary Teachers

John Thompson’s post entitled “Newman High: Some Notes on Newman for Secondary Educators,” raises some important and timely questions for those teaching at the pre-college levels. We write to share one resource and three additional lessons from Newman that may further help secondary educators strengthen their professional practice.

Newman and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius

Composed in 1900, a decade after the Cardinal’s death, Elgar’s Gerontius is not a collaboration but a new interpretation. What, then, did Newman’s poem mean to Elgar, and how did the composer articulate Newman’s vision musically?

Revisiting the Threefold Office of Christ in the Church

One of the most significant contributions of the Second Vatican Council lay in its appropriation of the tria munera—that is the threefold office of Christ as priest, prophet, and king—as an architectonic structure for reflection on the church.

It is Better for Sun and Moon to Drop from Heaven

It’s one of Newman’s most notorious lines, and a claim I for one wish were untrue:”The Catholic Church holds it better for the sun and moon to drop from heaven, for the earth to fail, and for all the many millions on it to die of starvation in extremest agony

Newman, Probability, and Truth

The Grammar of Assent, published in 1870, represents Newman’s last major work. As a religious epistemology, it provides systematically thought-through answers to questions that had preoccupied him since his early twenties

Newman High: Some Notes on Newman for Secondary Educators

This month, many teachers like myself will be returning to our classrooms. It will be, like many things right now, challenging and uncertain. While some about our schools will be unfamiliar and new, much will remain the same.

Enemy or Sacrament? Newman on Wealth and Holiness

Newman tended to talk about wealth and commerce in two ways: one prophetic and denunciatory, particularly of nations of shopkeepers, and one with applause—this is the nation of free enterprise.

“Twelve Ways of Looking at a Saint”: Review of “A Human Harp of Many Chords”

Recently, a friend and I realized over a beer that we did not know what a good confession looked like. We had seen good (and bad) Masses; we had witnessed the efficacious baptism and confirmation.

Newman’s Model for Defending the Church: The 1877 Preface to the Via Media and Today’s Abuse Crisis

Often when American Catholics speak about defending the church in our current environment, they wish to defend the church not so much from anti-Catholic bigotry from outside the boundaries of the church (although that’s still afoot)

Newman Reading group at Franciscan University of Steubenville: An Interview with Dr. Theodore Harwood

In celebration of St. John Henry Newman’s canonization in October of 2019, Franciscan University of Steubenville had various events in honor of Newman during the 2019–2020 academic year. One of those events was a faculty group, led by classics professor Dr. Theodore Harwood

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  • Cap and Gown HeaderNewman High: More Lessons for Secondary Teachers
    John Thompson’s post entitled “Newman High: Some Notes on Newman for Secondary Educators,” raises some important and timely questions for those teaching at the pre-college levels. We write to share one resource and three additional lessons from Newman that may further help secondary educators strengthen their professional practice. […]
  • Dream of GerontiusNewman and Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius
    Composed in 1900, a decade after the Cardinal’s death, Elgar’s Gerontius is not a collaboration but a new interpretation. What, then, did Newman’s poem mean to Elgar, and how did the composer articulate Newman’s vision musically? […]
  • Christ the KingRevisiting the Threefold Office of Christ in the Church
    One of the most significant contributions of the Second Vatican Council lay in its appropriation of the tria munera—that is the threefold office of Christ as priest, prophet, and king—as an architectonic structure for reflection on the church. […]
  • Lunar SolsticeIt is Better for Sun and Moon to Drop from Heaven
    It’s one of Newman’s most notorious lines, and a claim I for one wish were untrue:”The Catholic Church holds it better for the sun and moon to drop from heaven, for the earth to fail, and for all the many millions on it to die of starvation in extremest agony […]
  • Probability and Truth - CloudsNewman, Probability, and Truth
    The Grammar of Assent, published in 1870, represents Newman's last major work. As a religious epistemology, it provides systematically thought-through answers to questions that had preoccupied him since his early twenties […]

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