Date of Award
Dissertation - Restricted
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
William J. Kelly
John J. Schmitt
The concerns that lead me to investigate the notion of Christian
instinct in Newman include some existentially pressing ones as well
as intellectually challenging ones. The notion of Christian instinct is one that appears most notably in Newman's work in his historical expositions of controversies in the early Church, where he finds it noteworthy that orthodoxy was at times maintained not so much by either the hierarchy or theologians as by the simple faithful. Newman's exposition in these historical works of why this should be so can be supplemented by looking at other works where his religious anthropology and epistemology are more explicitly laid out.