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date: 17 January 2019

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What significance might John Henry Newman have for the university in the twenty-first century? This chapter focuses on four major contributions from Newman. First, he offers a picture of the task that should be at the heart of higher education, the cultivation of intellect. Second, he challenges the modern university to allow for and to facilitate the power of teachers to exercise a beneficent personal influence on their students. Third, at a time when there is a renewed salience of religion in the public domain, his advocacy of the role of religious faith in the university presents a stream of thinking that has to be constructively examined and weighed carefully, inviting neither automatic rejection nor acceptance. Finally, in the face of a range of pressures that threaten the ethos of the university, he provides a strongly counter-cultural source of ideals.

Keywords: cultivation of intellect, teachers’personal influence, religious faith, reason, theology, nature and grace, Newman as rhetorical resource, utility

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