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date: 17 January 2019

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This chapter contributes in two ways to a better understanding of the theme of conscience in the thought of John Henry Newman. First, it offers a genealogical account of the formation of Newman’s idea of conscience between his adolescent conversion and the eve of the Tractarian Movement—a period of profound development that has often been misrepresented. Second, it provides a systematic account of Newman’s understanding of conscience as a Roman Catholic. It elaborates on the role of conscience in the development of religious subjectivity, and on its role in the public realm, where it is confronted with the authority of Church and state.

Keywords: conscience, conversion, natural religion, moral character, first principles, assent, Evangelicalism, ecclesial authority

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