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date: 21 January 2019

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The theory of doctrinal development provided Newman with a way of resolving the Oxford Movement’s inner tensions and conflicts, even if development may not have been the inevitable terminus of Newman’s thinking during this earlier period. In the latter Newman’s of his life, development acted as a dynamic principle in his understanding of the Catholic Church’s sense of faith, both in the Church’s contemporary embodiment of doctrine and in the Church’s reception of its own teaching over time. This chapter limits itself to describing and evaluating the main features of Newman’s theory, in particular as he articulated the idea in his 1845 Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine. The chapter also covers central features of Newman’s later expressions of development as a Roman Catholic and summarizes the place that the idea held in Newman’s life and corpus. The treatment concludes with a discussion of current trends in the scholarly conversation.

Keywords: development of doctrine, history, sviluppo, evolutio, Immaculate Conception, Perrone

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