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: CH9163C

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit discipline: Church History

Proposing College: Catholic Theological College

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Learning outcomes


Situate the main facts concerning the leading figures, the chief events in which they were involved and their most significant works


Assess the influence of the wider historic context in shaping ecclesial events and responses


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


Trace the ways in which the main ideas articulated have had an abiding impact on the Anglican and Catholic communities and indeed on a wider Christendom


Critique the ways in which these ideas are making a contribution to current ecumenical dialogue and the presentation of the Christian message


Research a specific topic in a critically rigorous, sustained and self-directed manner


Seminars and lectures

Indicative Bibliography

The set texts are included in the Unit Reader and each student is provided with a copy of this approx. 200 page book. Much of the primary source material is available on internet sources such as ‘The Canterbury project’. The 32 volumes of Newman’s Letters and Diaries are also available.

  • 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)

1000 20.0
Project Report or Project Journal

Major Research Project 6,000 word essay on a topic selected by the candidate and approved as viable by the Lecturer.

6000 80.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 20 Jul, 2017

Unit record last updated: 2021-06-07 08:43:50 +1000