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date: 22 January 2019

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This chapter provides a close historical analysis of the development in John Henry Newman’s understanding of infallibility from his days as a leader of the Oxford Movement up through the publication of his 1877 Preface to The Via Media. The essay begins with an overview of Newman’s perspective during the final years of his time as an Anglican, before moving into a discussion of how Newman’s viewpoint developed during the latter half of his life. The examination of Newman’s changing perspective during his Roman Catholic period focuses particularly on his theological struggles with the neo-ultramontanist faction in the Church, contending that Newman’s mature position was intended to counterbalance the maximalist interpretations of papal infallibility being advanced by such figures as Cardinal Manning and William George Ward.

Keywords: infallibility, development of doctrine, via media, neo-ultramontanism, papal infallibility

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