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An Essay On the Development of Christian Doctrine

An Essay On the Development of Christian Doctrine

John Henry Cardinal Newman begins the Essay with a deffinition of development, pointing out that the real problem is how to distinguish true developments from corruptions and decays. He then goes on to sweeping consideration of the growth and development of doctrine in the Catholic Church, from the time of the Apostles to Newman's own era. He demonstrates that the basic "rule" under which Christianity proceeded through the centuries that throughout the entire life of the Church this law of development has been in effect and safeguards the faith from any real corruption.

PART I: DOCTRINAL DEVELOPMENTS VIEWED IN THEMSELVES.

INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1. The Development of Ideas

Chapter 2. The Antecedent Argument in behalf of Developments in Christian Doctrine

Chapter 3. The Historical Argument in behalf of the existing Developments

Chapter 4. Instances in Illustration

PART II: DOCTRINAL DEVELOPMENTS VIEWED RELATIVELY TO DOCTRINAL CORRUPTIONS

Chapter 5. Genuine Developments contrasted with Corruptions

Chapter 6. Application of the First Note of a true Development to the Existing Developments of Christian Doctrine: Preservation of its Type

Chapter 7. Application of the Second: Continuity of its Principles

Chapter 8. Application of the Third: its Assimilative Power

Chapter 9. Application of the Fourth: its Logical Sequence

Chapter 10. Application of the Fifth: Anticipation of its Future

Chapter 11. Application of the Sixth: Conservative Action on its Past

Chapter 12. Application of the Seventh: its Chronic Vigour