- The Oxford Handbook of John Henry Newman
- The Oxford Movement
- The Oratory
- Print Culture
- The Church Fathers
- Joseph Butler
- The British Naturalist Tradition
- Richard Whately
- The Anglican Parish Sermons
- Justification: the Doctrine, the Lectures, and Tract 90
- <i>Sensus Fidelium</i>
- Doctrinal Development
- Ecclesiology: the polycentric Church
- Ecumenism, Mariology, and the Papacy
- Political and Social Thought
- Philosophy of Education
- The <i>Apologia</i>
- The Literary Stylist
- Catholic Theological Receptions
- Anglican Theological Receptions
- The University
- Literary Legacy
Abstract and Keywords
Sensus and consensus fidelium, the people’s sense of and consent to the faith, are ancient rhetorical tropes. The use of these tropes was also rhetorical for John Henry Newman. First, as an Anglican he shaped such rhetoric to portray the laity as bolsters to the bishops. Second, as a Roman Catholic he shaped it to promote the laity in the eyes of the bishops, most famously in ‘On Consulting the Faithful in Matters of Doctrine’. This chapter explores his writings on the role and voice of the laity to see how he used this rhetoric, before turning to the reception of these writings in the Roman Catholic and Anglican communions, including Vatican II, the Lambeth Conference, and Pope Francis.
Benjamin J. King is Associate Professor of Church History at the School of Theology, University of the South, Sewanee.
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