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date: 22 January 2019

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This chapter provides a philosophical and theological analysis of Newman’s understanding of divine revelation. It looks schematically at the work of Locke on revelation while clarifying how Newman provides an alternative to Locke’s proposal. Part of the genius of Newman was to argue for a revised account of reason and thereby create space for the ongoing viability of robust forms of Christian faith and practice. His revised account of reason also created space for a fresh rendering of the nature and significance of divine revelation. The chapter also explores the place of the Church, tradition, papal infallibility, assent, and reason in the articulation and reception of divine revelation, the relationship between Scripture and revelation, and the place of revelation in the academic discipline of theology.

Keywords: conscience, epistemology, evidence, historical criticism, Locke, natural theology, reason, revelation, Scripture

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