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Seminar 4:
John Henry Newman (1801-1890)


This year marks the bi-centenary of Newman's birth. Our full day seminar examines Newman's influence during his lifetime on both the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, as well as looking at his influence during the twentieth century, including Vatican II.


"Lead, kindly light": Newman's Anglican Progress

"If God had killed a few more bishops", Geoffrey Faber asked in 1933, "would Newman have been saved for the Church of England?" (Oxford Apostles, Faber and Faber, 1933, 1974 edition, p. 429).

Newman journeyed through Anglicanism from near-Evangelicanism to the Romanesque heights of Tract 90 before his retirement to Littlemore and "The Parting of Friends". This session will examine that journey, and assess the lasting contribution of Newman as Anglican to Anglicanism and the wider church. In passing, it will explain and attempt to answer Faber's provocative question, and comment on the hymn from which the title of this session is taken.

Conductor: Professor Robin Sharwood, AO,
Professorial Fellow in the Faculty of Law, University of Melbourne,
Senior Lay Canon of St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne,
Chancellor of the Diocese of Ballarat.


Newman: the leading light in a religious movement

Newman was at the centre of a network of friends, who were each significant in their own way. He was fortunate to be in the position that was so much at the centre of the life of the church. In addition to this personal influence centred on this place and this group of people, Newman was also a fine preacher and an accomplished author, so his influence spread far beyond his immediate circle.

Conductor: The Revd Dr Austin Cooper, OMI,
Master of Catholic Theological College, East Melbourne,
member of the Advisory Board of the Institute for Spiritual Studies.


Confronting the infidelity of the age: Newman's influence in the 20th century

Newman saw the dangers of liberalism, secularism and scientism, but was equally emphatic about the danger of unthinking conservatism in the reception of Revelation and Papal teaching. His historical sense, his insight into the development of doctrine, the importance of the response of the faithful to dogma, and his capacity to identify key issues made him an inspiring model for those working for the renewal which was focussed by Vatican II.

Conductor: The Revd Professor Ian Breward,
recently retired from the Uniting Church Theological Hall,
now Archivist for the Uniting Church in Victoria.

DateSaturday 26 May
Time10.00 am - 3.30 pm
VenueSt Peter's, Eastern Hill, Melbourne
Cost$30 (includes lunch)



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