It is Better for Sun and Moon to Drop from Heaven

David Mills is editor of Hour of Our Death www.hourofourdeath.org and writes for many Catholic publications, including a weekly column for the Catholic Herald. He has been editor of Touchstone and executive editor of First Things. It's one of Newman's most notorious lines, and a claim I for one wish were untrue: "The Catholic Church holds it better...
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Newman, Probability, and Truth

Fr. Stephen M. Fields, SJ, is the Hackett Family Professor of Theology at Georgetown University. 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, as he tells us in his 1864 aut...
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Newman High: Some Notes on Newman for Secondary Educators

John Thompson holds graduate degrees from Duke University and Harvard University. He has taught for ten years at the elementary, secondary, and university level. His research focus is on the resources the Christian tradition provides to develop and improve secular education. John and his family live in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates where John tea...
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Enemy or Sacrament?: Newman on Wealth and Holiness

David Paul Deavel, Ph.D. is editor of Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture and a visiting assistant professor at the University of St. Thomas.  Introduction: A Paradox 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 th...
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“Twelve Ways of Looking at a Saint”: Review of "A Human Harp of Many Chords"

 Austin Walker is the Assistant Director at the Lumen Christi Institute, and he is preparing a dissertation on Newman's political philosophy at the University of Chicago's Committee on Social Thought. 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...
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Newman’s Model for Defending the Church: The 1877 Preface to the Via Media and Today’s Abuse Crisis

Fr. Nicholas Rouch, STD is the Vicar for Education in the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania and was a visiting scholar at the National Institute for Newman Scholar in 2019.   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 ...
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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, which had been meeting weekly since September 2019 to read and discuss New...
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The Healing of the Liturgical Imagination: The Sweet Rhetoric of John Henry Newman’s Liturgical Sermons

Dr. Timothy O'Malley is Director of Education and Academic Director of the Notre Dame Center for Liturgy and is the Editor of the Church Life Journal. Dr. Timothy O'Malley presented this lecture as the keynote address for the National Institute for Newman Studies Spring 2020 Newman Symposium. The full lecture is p...
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"The Fire which Makes Gold Shine": On Benefiting from Calamity

 This article does not take a firm stance on the question of whether the COVID-19 pandemic should be seen as a chastisement sent by God. If we were to follow John Henry Newman's lead, we would certainly have to remain open to that idea. In the Grammar of Assent, for instance, Newman contrasts orthodox Christian faith with "natural religion," t...
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"Lead, Kindly Light": Trusting God in the Midst of a Pandemic

One of the most important turning points in John Henry Newman's life involved contracting an illness (probably typhoid fever) while on a trip to Sicily in 1833. Newman was accompanied on the trip by his best friend, Hurrell Froude, and Froude's father, Robert. After visiting Sicily, Naples, and Rome, Hurrell and his father began the return trek hom...
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2020 Spring Newman Symposium Recap: Newman on Doctrinal Corruption. Presented by Dr. Matthew Levering.

Our annual Spring Symposium was a little different this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The day before the event, due to travel restrictions for our speakers, we had to quickly move the Symposium to an online format. Despite the last-minute scramble to make the appropriate shifts to the new format, the Symposium was a success, and the NINS staff...
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Unlearning the Love of This World: Newman's Sermons as Spiritual Reading during Lent

 If you are anything like me, you have on at least one occasion squandered the holy season of Lent. The Church has established such times on the liturgical calendar so that we might enter more deeply into the mysteries of Christ's life. Experiencing the full spiritual benefit of the Church's sacred seasons, however, does not occur passively; i...
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Newman as Complex and Influential: A Review of Eamon Duffy’s "John Henry Newman: A Very Brief History"

John Henry Newman: A Very Brief History By Eamon Duffy London: SPCK, 2019. xxi + 145 pages. Hardcover: $16. ISBN: 9780281078493 Eamon Duffy's recently published, John Henry Newman: A Very Brief History, provides a concise and well-articulated introduction to who Newman was and who Newman was perceived to be in scholarship. The first five chapters p...
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Window into the Heart of a Saint: A Review of Michael Collins's Newman: A Short Biography

​Newman: A Short Biography By Michael Collins Dublin: Messenger Publications, 2019. 96 pages. Paperback: €9.95, £8.95. ISBN: 9781788121057 Fr. Michael Collins, a priest of the Archdiocese of Dublin and graduate of University College of Dublin, which developed from John Henry Newman's Catholic University, has composed an excellent short introduction...
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2019: A Year to Remember

2019 was a year to remember for the NINS team. Please allow us to share some highlights from our exciting year: Newman was canonized! On 13 October 2019 John Henry Newman was officially recognized as a saint in the Roman Catholic Church. The NINS team attended all of the official events associated with the canonization. The celebrations began the e...
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Theologians for a Post-Westphalian Church

William L. Portier holds the Mary Ann Spearin Chair of Catholic Theology and is the Ph.D. Program Director in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Dayton. This was a public lecture given on the occasion of a Conference in celebration of the Twentieth Anniversary of the Theology Ph.D. Program at the University of Dayton...
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Newman on Faith, Holiness, and Imagination

​Imagination is a significant part of Newman's theology in both his Anglican and Catholic years. In his recent article, Nicolas Steeves, SJ narrates how faith, holiness, and imagination work together in Newman's theology. Particularly, Steeves notes "that Newman with his life and writings helps us to understand what credible holiness is today. Rath...
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Newman's Visit to Rome in 1833: Part V

Part I: Background Part II: Letters Home Part III: Politics and Church Reform Part IV: Ecclesial Life beyond Anglican Life (Fr. Elamparayil is a graduate of The Catholic University of America. His dissertation is titled, "John Henry Newman's Lectures on the Prophetical Office of the Church: A Contextual History and Ecclesiological Analysis.") ...
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Newman's Visit to Rome in 1833: Part IV

Part I: Background Part II: Letters Home Part III: Politics and Church Reform (Fr. Elamparayil is a graduate of The Catholic University of America. His dissertation is titled, "John Henry Newman's Lectures on the Prophetical Office of the Church: A Contextual History and Ecclesiological Analysis.") 4. Affects of Ecclesial Life beyond the Borders of...
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Newman's Visit to Rome in 1833: Part III

Part I: Background Part II: Letters Home (Fr. Elamparayil is a graduate of The Catholic University of America. His Dissertation is titled, "John Henry Newman's Lectures on the Prophetical Office of the Church: A Contextual History and Ecclesiological Analysis") Part 3. Politics and Church Reform Newman was interested in the events happening back ho...
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