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The Great Dissent : John Henry Newman and the Liberal Heresy - Robert Pattison

The Great Dissent

John Henry Newman and the Liberal Heresy

Hardcover Published: 15th August 1991
ISBN: 9780195067309
Number Of Pages: 256

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"Alas," Newman said of liberalism, "it is an error overspreading, as a snare, the whole earth." The Great Dissent examines how from his implacable opposition to liberalism Newman developed a sweeping critique of modern values only rivaled in breadth and scorn by that of Nietzsche. The Great Dissent offers a revaluation of Newman's whole thought and establishes his place in the history of ideas as the leading English dissident from the liberalism of contemporary civilization and the foremost modern spokesman for the reality of dogmatic truth.

"[A] brilliant study."--Commonweal "[A] provocative book....Recommended for Newman collections and those on 19th-century thought."--Choice "Impossible to put the book down as Robert Pattison has the gift of making the ideas of a century and a half ago live again. His Newman fails in all his worldly campaigns but produces the most unsparing of all critiques of the liberal and pluralist vision of life against which he puts the age-old uncompromising dogma of the Roman Catholic church."--Noel Annan "Pattison writes beautifully, discussing ancient theological controversies, nineteenth-century political and academic clashes, and intellectual trends in Western culture with clarity and precision. Newcomers to Newman studies will find this book a readable, large-minded introduction. Newman scholars will find the discussion of the Newman/Hampden conflict unmatched elsewhere."--Nineteenth-Century Prose "Robert Pattison has done us all a favor: he has given us a reason to read John Henry Newman again....Not only is The Great Dissent a thorough explication of Newman's often deliberately obfuscated ideas, but it also provides us with the context in which his thoughts take on more than historical significance."--Christianity & Literature "[A] brilliant study."--Commonweal "[A] provocative book....Recommended for Newman collections and those on 19th-century thought."--Choice "Impossible to put the book down as Robert Pattison has the gift of making the ideas of a century and a half ago live again. His Newman fails in all his worldly campaigns but produces the most unsparing of all critiques of the liberal and pluralist vision of life against which he puts the age-old uncompromising dogma of the Roman Catholic church."--Noel Annan "Pattison writes beautifully, discussing ancient theological controversies, nineteenth-century political and academic clashes, and intellectual trends in Western culture with clarity and precision. Newcomers to Newman studies will find this book a readable, large-minded introduction. Newman scholars will find the discussion of the Newman/Hampden conflict unmatched elsewhere."--Nineteenth-Century Prose "Robert Pattison has done us all a favor: he has given us a reason to read John Henry Newman again....Not only is The Great Dissent a thorough explication of Newman's often deliberately obfuscated ideas, but it also provides us with the context in which his thoughts take on more than historical significance."--Christianity & Literature "Written in a style that is graceful and clear, presenting complex ideas unencumbered by syntactical knottiness....A genuine work of scholarship. Anyone interested in Newman, the Victorians, the history of ideas, or even the 20th century will find it enormously stimulating, a wealth of information, and a spur to thought."--East Hampton Star "A valuable service in detailing Newman's uncompromising stand against the concept of liberalism."--Nineteenth Century Literature "Pattison expertly makes clear what the issues were, why Newman was so excised."--Victorian Studies

Footnote Abbreviationsp. xi
Failure: Newman's Vanquished Reputationp. 3
Odium Theologicum: The Liberal as Antichristp. 55
Heresy and Liberalism: Cicero, Arius, Socinusp. 96
What Is Truth? Newman's Theory of Beliefp. 144
Last Things: The Greatness of Newmanp. 188
Indexp. 219
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ISBN: 9780195067309
ISBN-10: 0195067304
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 15th August 1991
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.82 x 14.63  x 2.59
Weight (kg): 0.44