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The Prophetic ChurchHistory and Doctrinal Development in John Henry Newman and Yves Congar$
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Andrew Meszaros

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198786344

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198786344.001.0001

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The Appeal of Newman

The Appeal of Newman

A Quintessentially “Modern” Thinker

(p.60) 2 The Appeal of Newman
The Prophetic Church

Andrew Meszaros

Oxford University Press

Chapter 2 discusses why Newman was attractive to theologians such as Congar. The two fundamental reasons why Newman is for Congar a real theological source are Newman’s attention to history and to the subject. Newman’s attention to history reveals his sensitivity to doctrinal change and also to the very human and contingent factors that led to certain doctrinal determinations. His attention to the subject yields a unique epistemology that is shown to be aptly called “rhetorical” and becomes seminal in explaining doctrinal development theory. The chapter’s third and final section investigates important facets of Newman’s thought that are relevant to doctrinal development for Congar: Newman’s seven Notes or Tests for development are discussed, as is the application of a psychological metaphor to the Church, and the notion of a living tradition whose subject is the Church, and whose object is the deposit of faith.

Keywords:   history, subject, rhetorical epistemology, living tradition, Notes or Tests, conscience, mind of the Church

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