RC 512: Newman and the Development of Doctrine

Module Level

9/10 STL Reading Course


A formal seminar presentation and two end of year papers.

Module Aims

To acquaint students with the writings of John Henry Newman and to provide them with an opportunity to thoroughly immerse themselves in his An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine.

Indicative Syllabus:

  • Newman’s biography
  • Doctrinal development theory according to J. H. Newman
  • Doctrinal change as a theological challenge


  • Newman, J. H. An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine. London: Longmans, 1909.
  • Dulles, A. John Henry Newman. London: Countinuum, 2002.
  • Merrigan, T. and I. Ker (eds.). The Cambridge Companion to John Henry Newman. Cambridge: CUP, 2009.


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