Clear Heads and Holy Hearts: The Religious and Theological Ideal of John Henry Newman

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Peeters Publishers, 1991 - Religion - 272 pages
Clear Heads and Holy Hearts is an examination of John Henry Newman's vision of the way in which the individual believer and the community of the Church grow in faith and the knowledge of religious truth. The ideal, at both the individual and the communal level, involves, for Newman, a union of ethical and devotional praxis on the one hand and critical self-reflection on the other - in short, the union of "clear heads and holy hearts". Terrence Merrigan is a member of the Faculty of Theology of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Louvain), Belgium. He pursued his doctoral studies on Newman under the direction of Jan Hendrik Walgrave. He has published a number of studies on Newman and edited a special centenary issue of "Louvain Studies" (1990) dedicated to the Cardinal's life and thought.
 

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Contents

The Complexity of Newman
1
A Model for the Understanding of Newman
7
The Model of Polarity and the Study of Newman
17
Newmans Philosophical Realism
23
Newmans Philosophical Realism
29
The Experience of Conscience
36
The Imagination
48
Realizing Imagination
57
Creativity in Theology
148
The Limitations of Theology
155
The Place of Theology in theCorpus Scientiarum
162
Assent to Religious Truth
171
Assent to Propositions
180
Real Assent and the Religious Imagination
186
The Vindication of Assent
193
Certitude as a Polar Ideal
199

The Christian Idea
82
The Cognitive Character of the Apprehension of
89
The Idea in the Life of the Church
97
The Sciences
105
Notional Apprehension
114
The Sciences
123
The Science of Theology
131
The Experience of Conscience as a Source for Theology
137
The Operation of the Illative Sense
215
The Polar Character of the Illative Sense
227
The Unity Founding the Mind of the Church
236
The Equilibrating Principle of Church Life
242
The Primacy of Dogma Newman the Thinker
251
POSTSCRIPT
257
Index of Persons
265

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