Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, An (Notre by John Henry Cardinal Newman,Ian Ker

By John Henry Cardinal Newman,Ian Ker

An Essay at the improvement of Christian Doctrine, reprinted from the 1878 version, “is rightly considered as probably the most seminal theological works ever to be written,” states Ian Ker in his foreword to this 6th version. “It remains,” Ker maintains, "the vintage textual content for the theology of the improvement of doctrine, a department of theology which has turn into particularly very important within the ecumenical era.” John Henry Cardinal Newman starts off the Essay through defining how real advancements in doctrine ensue. He then grants a sweeping attention of the expansion of doctrine within the Catholic Church from the time of the Apostles to his personal period. He demonstrates that the fundamental “rule” below which Christianity proceeded during the centuries is to be present in the main of improvement, and he emphasizes that during the whole lifetime of the Church this precept has been in influence and safeguards the religion from any corruption.

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