This unit will examine the life of John Henry Newman and his context in the Anglican Church. It will explore his role in developing the theology and spirituality of the Oxford Movement and the influence of the Movement on the Anglican Communion and beyond. Newman’s later life in the Catholic Church will also be examined, including his contribution to education both University and secondary, his view on the role of the laity in the Church and his attitude to contemporary issues, such as evolution and Papal Infallibility. An evaluation will be made of his impact on Catholic thought and practice.

Unit code: CH2163C

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 18.0

Unit level: Undergraduate Level 2

Unit discipline: Church History

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Situate the main facts concerning the leading figures and the chief events of this study


Assess the influence of the historic context in the shaping of these events and the response of other Christians


Analyse the main primary sources in the light of the overall historic context


Trace the ways in which the main ideas articulated have had an abiding impact on the Anglican and Catholic communities (among others

Unit sequence

30 points of Church History/Spirituality or equivalent


Lecturers and seminars

Indicative Bibliography

The set texts are included in the Unit Reader. Each student is provided with a copy of this book (of approx. 200 pages)

  • Blehl, Vincent Ferrer. Pilgrim Journey: John Henry Newman 1801-1845. New York: Paulist, 2001.
  • Brown, Stewart, and Peter Nockles, eds. The Oxford Movement: Europe and the Wider World 1830-1930. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
  • Brown, Stewart J., Peter Nockles, and James Pereiro, eds. The Oxford Handbook of the Oxford Movement. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017.
  • Chapman, Raymond, ed. Firmly I Believe: An Oxford Movement Reader. Norwich, UK: Canterbury Press, 2006.
  • Cooper, Austin. John Henry Newman: A Developing Spirituality. Homebush, NSW: St Paul Publications, 2012.
  • Ker, Ian, and Terrence Merrigan, eds. The Cambridge Companion to John Henry Newman. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.
  • Lefebre, Philippe, ed. John Henry Newman, Doctor of the Church. Oxford: Family Publications, 2007.
  • Nockles, Peter. The Oxford Movement in Context: Anglican High Churchmanship 1760-1857. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  • Ondrako, Edward J. Progressive Illumination: a journey with John Henry Newman 1980-2005. Binghampton, NY: Global Academic Publishing, 2008.
  • Strange, Roderick. John Henry Newman: a mind alive. London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 2008.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

Weekly Seminar Notes (totalling 1,000 words for the semester). These are brief notes or relevant quotes which will enable the participant to contribute to the topic being discussed.

0 20.0

Major Research Project 3,000 words

0 80.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2019-03-18 14:25:21 +1100