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The Great Dissent: John Henry Newman and the Liberal Heresy

Robert Pattison


This book provides a striking and lively reading of John Henry Newman in light, not of his role as autobiographer and prose stylist, but of his beliefs. As the book states, Newman was “an uncontaminated antagonist of everything modern”, and his philosophy developed as an attempt to salvage Truth from the liberal skepticisms that had become so prevalent in his day. His greatness, argues the book, rests in his theory of belief and his dissent from liberalism, and in his challenge to liberal scholarship to reassess the role of belief in human affairs.

Keywords: John Henry Newman, autobiographer, prose stylist, philosophy, Truth, dissent, liberalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1991 Print ISBN-13: 9780195067309
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195067309.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Pattison, author
Long Island University