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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"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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