John Henry Newman: Scholar, Sage, Saint

20-22 September 2021, Online Symposium from the National Institute for Newman Studies

This online (Zoom) conference is co-sponsored by Oriel College, the National Institute for Newman Studies, the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University.

The canonization of John Henry Newman in October 2019 has increased public and academic interest in him. A controversial figure during his own lifetime, Newman’s legacy remains contested by scholars. This conference will explore John Henry Newman as:

  • A Scholar: Newman influenced the academic landscape during his lifetime through his time at Oriel, his academic foundations, and his published works.
  • A Sage: Newman gained a reputation for providing reliable and wise advice early in his career—a reputation which he maintained after his reception into the Roman Church in 1845.
  • A Saint: Newman studied the lives of the saints and recommended them as exemplars of Christian behavior. Newman’s work and life invite discussion on the relationship between sanctity and saintliness.
Oriel College, Oxford University
National Institute for Newman Studies
University Church of St Mary the Virgin
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University

Schedule of Events

Plenary: Monday, 20 September - 9:00–10:15 EDT

John Henry Newman: Scholar, Sage, and Slavery Anti-Abolitionist

Benjamin King

Newman’s views on slavery have been largely neglected, along with those of his Oxford Movement contemporaries. Yet, the enslaved and the goods that depended on their labor were so integrated to the British economy, before and after the abolition of colonial slavery in 1833, that some Tractarians directly invested in the slave-economy, while other Tractarians benefited from it. Newman was shaped into an “anti-abolitionist” by his friend Hurrell Froude’s letters from Barbados and by his reading of the Church Fathers. A sermon preached in 1835 both challenged the need for emancipation and also justified the compensation paid to former slaveholders. These two themes of the sermon engaged the political situation of the day with a theology that was “not intolerant of slavery.” Newman’s correspondence in 1863 showed that nothing substantial had changed in his views on slavery, for while other Tractarians or his fellow converts to Catholicism expressed antipathy to slavery during the US Civil War, Newman did not.

Ben King
Benjamin J. King is Professor of Christian History and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, USA. He is author of Newman and the Alexandrian Fathers (2009), and co-editor with Frederick D. Aquino of Receptions of Newman (2015) and The Oxford Handbook of John Henry Newman (2018). He has lectured internationally on Newman, including at Vatican City as part of the celebrations surrounding the cardinal’s canonization.

Session 1: Monday, 20 September - 10:30–11:50 EDT

Birmingham Room

Monday, 20 September - 10:30–11:50 AM EDT

Leo Simon Mwenda, OP

Leo Simon Mwenda, OP

Ecclesiological Developments at the Second Vatican Council in Light of Newman’s Theory of Doctrinal Development

Francesco Zucchelli

Francesco Zucchelli 

Newman, Guardini, and the Spirit of the Liturgy

Pablo Blanco-Sarto

Pablo Blanco-Sarto

From Apostolicity to Catholicity: John Henry Newman’s Ecumenical Ecclesiology in Light of Vatican II

Oriel Room

Monday, 20 September - 10:30–11:50 AM EDT

Marial Corona

Marial Corona

Newman the Sage: A Man that Lived with Others and for Others

Ryan Blank

Ryan Blank

“My employment was distinctly pastoral”: John Henry Newman on “Ethos,” Intimacy, and Private Friends

Kenneth Macnab

Kenneth Macnab

Newman's Turkey: Ecumenical Friendships and Tractarian Historiography after 1845 

Littlemore Room

Monday, 20 September - 10:30–11:50 AM EDT

Bernard Dive

Bernard Dive

Aristotelian Magnanimity and Christian “Greatness of Mind”

João Cortese

João Cortese

How Close is Newman to Pascal?

Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones

Oikonomia and History: John Henry Newman in Reply to the Historicism of Ernst Troeltsch

Lunch/Break: Monday, 20 September - Noon–13:00 EDT

Session 2: Monday, 20 September - 13:00–14:30 EDT

Birmingham Room

Monday, 20 September - 13:00–14:30 EDT

Colin Barr

Colin Barr

“Historicism,” Its Enemies, and the Future of Newman Studies

Newman Crest Stained Glass

Simon Skinner

“Worldly business": Framing John Henry Newman

Newman Conference Scholar, Sage, Saint

Oriel Room

Monday, 20 September - 13:00–14:30 EDT

Roderick Strange

Roderick Strange

Newman the Educator: Scholar, Sage, Saint

Frederick D. Aquino

Frederick D. Aquino

Newman as a Victorian Sage: Some Critical and Constructive Reflections

Newman Conference Scholar, Sage, Saint

Littlemore Room

Monday, 20 September - 13:00–14:30 EDT

Shaun Blanchard

Shaun Blanchard

Lingard on Newman: Why the Greatest English Catholic Scholar of the First Half of 1800s Didn’t Like Newman

Mark Chapman

Mark Chapman

Newman and the Ecumenical Impact of Vatican I

Newman Conference Scholar, Sage, Saint

Session 3: Monday, 20 September - 14:35–15:30 EDT

Birmingham Room

Monday, 20 September - 14:35–15:30 EDT

Rosario Athié

Rosario Athié

Newman’s Contribution to Whatley’s Elements of Logic

Paula Jullian

Paula Jullian

The Principle of Influence in Newman’s Educational Thought

Newman Conference Scholar, Sage, Saint

Oriel Room

Monday, 20 September - 14:35–15:30 EDT

Gregory Stacey

Gregory Stacey

The Role of Evidence in Newman’s Theses de Fide

Ramon Luzarraga

Ramon Luzarraga

The Secularization of Prudential Judgement as an Example of the Secularization of Conscience

Newman Conference Scholar, Sage, Saint

Littlemore Room

Monday, 20 September - 14:35–15:30 EDT

Peter Jeffery

Peter Jeffery

The Dream of Gerontius and the Commendatio Animae

Sarah Slater

Sarah Slater

Newman's Theological Novel Loss and Gain Considered as a Response in Kind

Newman Conference Scholar, Sage, Saint

Plenary: Tuesday, 21 September - 9:00–10:15 EDT

John Henry Newman and Mark Pattison: The Sage and His Renegade Disciple

Peter Nockles

A sage has been defined as one who has good judgment and the attributes of wisdom and prudence, learned through experience. John Henry Newman embodied these characteristics, notably wisdom; they were hallmarks of his spirituality. This wisdom was manifest in his relations with spiritual disciples who were drawn to him at Oxford and who came to regard him as a revered sage. The examples of those who stood in relation to him in this way are numerous. However, not all fit the accepted or typical model. As an example of one who fell in this category, we will focus on Newman’s relationship with Mark Pattison (1813–1884), famous later in life as Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford. Important as Newman’s writings and sermons are for discerning the theoretical basis of his spirituality of discipleship, its practical manifestation was rooted in personal experience. My methodology takes account of this. For it is from Newman’s private correspondence and in particular, the correspondence of his disciples that this can be most fruitfully gleaned. The case of Pattison makes the point. 

Peter Nockles
Dr. Peter Nockles received his MA and PhD from the University of Oxford, in 1975 and 1982 respectively, studying at Worcester College and St. Cross College. He was Assistant Librarian and Librarian at the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester from 1979 until 2016, from 1990 being a curator in Special Collections at the John Rylands Library, Deansgate, with responsibility for the Methodist collections for many years and Librarian in Rare Books & Maps, Special Collections, with responsibility for all theological book collections, 2010–2016.

Session 4: Tuesday, 21 September - 10:30–11:50 EDT

Birmingham Room

Tuesday, 21 September - 10:30–11:50 EDT

Angelo Bottone

Angelo Bottone

The teaching of philosophy in J. H. Newman’s Catholic University of Ireland

Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor

Saint John Henry Newman & The Idea of a University: Why Ireland?

José Clavería

José Clavería

Educating by Teaching in J. H. Newman

Oriel Room

Tuesday, 21 September - 10:30–11:50 EDT

David Koonce

David Koonce

“That we may have warning as well as instruction”: Old Testament Saints and Sinners in Newman’s Sermons.

Abel Villarojo

Abel Villarojo

The Mysteries of the Life of Christ in St. John Henry Newman

Marcin Kuczok

Marcin Kuczok

Metaphors of Love in John Henry Newman’s Parochial and Plain Sermons (1834–1843)

Littlemore Room

Tuesday, 21 September - 10:30–11:50 EDT

Joe Milburn

Joe Milburn

How To Be an Open-Minded Dogmatist: The Wisdom of John Henry Newman

Alejandro Ordieres

Alejandro Ordieres

David Hume’s influence on John H. Newman’s philosophy

Thomas Graff

Thomas Graff

A Curious Remark: Wittgenstein and Newman on Certainty

Lunch/Break: Tuesday, 21 September - Noon–13:00 EDT

Session 5: Tuesday, 21 September - 13:00–14:30 EDT

Birmingham Room

Tuesday, 21 September - 13:00-14:30 EDT

Elizabeth Huddleston

Elizabeth Huddleston

“Act Like a Rational Person”: Newman’s Sage Advice to Miss Mary Holmes

Geertjan Zuijdwegt

Geertjan Zuijdwegt

Solving the puzzle of Newman’s Religious Development

Newman Conference Scholar, Sage, Saint

Oriel Room

Tuesday, 21 September - 13:00-14:30 EDT

Jane Garnett

Jane Garnett

Newman and Butler: Psychology, Persuasion, and a Gendered Voice

Lawrence Gregory

Lawrence Gregory

Cardinals at War: How Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-century Hagiographical Biographies of Churchmen are Problematic for Twenty-first-century Scholars

Newman Conference Scholar, Sage, Saint

Littlemore Room

Tuesday, 21 September - 13:00-14:30 EDT

Ryan Marr

Ryan “Bud” Marr

The Economy of Salvation according to John Henry Newman: Theosis as a Safeguard against Pelagianism 

Chris Cimorelli

Chris Cimorelli

Newman on Newman: Interpreting the Saint by His Own Words

Newman Conference Scholar, Sage, Saint

Session 6: Tuesday, 21 September - 14:35–15:30 EDT

Birmingham Room

Tuesday, 21 September - 14:35-15:30 EDT

Jake Grefenstette

Jake Grefenstette

Bildungsroman Catholicism: Spiritual Architecture in Loss and Gain

Andrew Atherstone

Andrew Atherstone

Newman’s National Monument: An Oxford Controversy

Newman Conference Scholar, Sage, Saint

Oriel Room

Tuesday, 21 September - 14:35-15:30 EDT

Gregory Woimbée

Gregory Woimbée

The Prophetic Sense of the Church according to St. John Henry Newman (1801–1890)

Peter Becker

Peter Becker

“Living movements do not come of committees”: Newman and the Charismatic Movements of the Church

Newman Conference Scholar, Sage, Saint

Littlemore Room

Tuesday, 21 September - 14:35-15:30 EDT

Daniel Pratt Morris-Chapman

Daniel Pratt Morris-Chapman

The Grammar of Assent and the Rise of Neo-Thomism

Sabine Schratz, OP

Sabine Schratz, OP

Handle with Care: Newman and Rome

Newman Conference Scholar, Sage, Saint

Plenary: Wednesday, 22 September - 9:00–10:15 EDT

The Future of Newman Studies

Presented by The National Institute for Newman Studies

Wednesday, 22 September - 9:00–10:15 EDT

Shaun Blanchard

Shaun Blanchard

Shaun Blanchard is Senior Research Fellow at NINS. Previously, he was Assistant Professor of Theology at Franciscan University in Baton Rouge, LA. He is the author of The Synod of Pistoia and Vatican II (OUP, 2020) and, with Ulrich Lehner, co-edited The Catholic Enlightenment: A Global Anthology (CUA, 2021).

Chris Cimorelli

Chris Cimorelli

Christopher Cimorelli is the Director of the National Institute for Newman Studies and Associate Editor of the Newman Studies Journal. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Theology and Religious Studies from Villanova University. He holds a master’s degree in Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (2011) and a doctorate in Theology (2015) from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium).

Lawrence Gregory

Lawrence Gregory

Born in Lancashire, England and educated at St. Bede’s RC College, Manchester, Lawrence Gregory graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2017 with Masters Degree in Archival Science, and has many years of experience working in the records and archival profession, including fifteen years as assistant Archivist to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Salford, UK, 2002–2017 and concurrently nine years as Corporate Records Manager at the Danwood Group Ltd. 2007–2016. Lawrence joined the NINS team as Archivist in 2016.

Elizabeth Huddleston

Elizabeth Huddleston

Elizabeth Huddleston received her PhD in Theology from the University of Dayton in 2019. She is currently the Coordinator of Research for the National Institute for Newman Studies in Pittsburgh, PA and is an Associate Editor for the Newman Studies Journal

Daniel Michaels

Daniel Michaels

Dr. Daniel T. Michaels is the Chief Technology Officer at the National Institute for Newman Studies. With a background in science and technology and a doctorate in historical theology, Dr. Michaels has over two decades experience in digital humanities. He is the former Chief Information Officer of Quincy University, Quincy, IL, and past president of Trend Academic, an IT managed service provider for higher education.

Session 7: Wednesday, 22 September - 10:30–12:30 EDT

Birmingham Room

Wednesday, 22 September - 10:30–12:30 EDT

Claus Arnold

Claus Arnold

Newman and (Anti-) Modernism Revisited

Andrew Meszaros

Andrew Meszaros

The “Signs of the Times” in Newman and Twentieth-Century Catholic Theology

Matthew Muller

Matthew Muller

Poetic and Biblical Inspiration: Newman’s Legacy for Later Roman Catholic Magisterial Teaching on Divine Revelation

Lunch/Break: Monday, 22 September - 12:30–14:00 EDT

Session 8: Wednesday, 22 September - 14:00–15:20 EDT

Birmingham Room

Wednesday, 22 September - 14:00–15:20 EDT

Kevin Kambo

Kevin Kambo

Newman's Two Ideas of a Mind

Erin Meikle

Erin Meikle

Newman's Thoughts on Teaching and Teacher Growth

Gerriet Suiter

Gerriet Suiter

Personal Influence, Place, and Online Education

Oriel Room

Wednesday, 22 September - 14:00–15:20 EDT

Jean Trouchaud

Jean Trouchaud

To What Extent Did the Oxford Movement Cope with Bossuet's Opinions?

Jérôme Grosclaude

Jérôme Grosclaude

“Newman poured forth a sort of magisterial announcement”: John Henry Newman and the Wilberforce Brothers

Newman Conference Scholar, Sage, Saint

Concluding Remarks: Wednesday, 22 September - 15:20–15:30 EDT

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