‘An Aristocracy of Exalted Spirits’.: The Idea of the Church in Newman’s Tamworth Reading Room


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In ‘An Aristocracy of Exalted Spirits’, the first book-length study of John Henry Newman’s Tamworth Reading Room, David Delio offers a new framework for understanding this highly original work of satire, politics, and theology. In February 1841 John Henry Cardinal Newman responded in The Times to an address given by the leading Conservative politician, Sir Robert Peel, who was to become prime minister of the United Kingdom for a second time later that year. Newman assumed the penname Catholicus and composed seven letters woven together by theological and philosophical themes. These themes coalesced into Newman’s ‘idea’ of the Church which contested an errant view, argued by Peel and others, that science and education divorced from the Church provided an alternate means to human fulfilment. This original study traces the intertwined histories of Peel and Newman and the background and consequences of the letters, while showing how Newman’s ecclesiology was at the heart of his project. The drama surrounding the Tamworth Reading Room helps to complete a picture of the Church and of a Christian trying to negotiate an emerging democratic, scientific, and industrial nineteenth century.

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Author: David P.Delio
Publisher: Gracewing
Date: 2016
Format: Paperback Pages: 359
ISBN: 978-0-85244-882-3

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Weight 0.29 kg
Dimensions 23 × 15 × 2 cm


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