What is a university? Is it a place where we get the skills for a job? A place of learning? Or is it where we gain knowledge for its own sake? John Henry Newman says yes and no, and goes on to argue that it is more. The whole purpose of education is to tame the appetites, uplift the soul, and to strive for Heaven, for man is naturally inclined to seek God. Find Him, and life becomes meaningful. In ten discourses and ten lectures, Newman argues that the summit of knowledge is gained in the study of theology. Every other branch of knowledge answers “how.” Theology answers “why.” With the fluidity that only a master of the English language can muster, he explains that theology is attainable by all, for it is a reasonable science; equal, if not superior, to the exact sciences. Biologists may understand the inner workings of organic structures; chemists, physicists, and astronomers may plumb the origins of the universe; mathematicians may supply them with tools to quantify phenomena; and they all may very well come to appreciate the beauty of natural things; but to take the true measure and gain an insight into the order of Creation, they, nay we, need faith—Christian faith, approached by the light of reason.
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John Henry Newman, 1801–1890, was a philosopher, man of letters, and a leader of the Tractarian Movement, an effort to return to the foundations of Christian faith. He was censured by Oxford University for interpreting Anglican doctrinal statements as supporting Catholic teaching, and was vilified by many. After a long period of discernment, he became the most illustrious of converts to the one, holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. He was ordained a priest, and entered the Congregation of the Oratory. The Bishops appointed him as the founding Rector of the Catholic University of Ireland. Late in life, he became the first ordinary priest in modern times to be made a Cardinal, and is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest churchmen and theological thinkers of his age. John Henry Newman was beatified by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010.
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Descripción CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016. Paperback. Estado de conservación: Brand New. 402 pages. 9.00x6.00x1.01 inches. This item is printed on demand. Nº de ref. de la librería zk1533396647