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Newman, John Henry
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John Henry Newman (1801–90), leading theologian of the Oxford Movement, was initially an Anglican but in midlife joined the Roman Catholic Church, becoming a priest and, in 1879, a cardinal. Newman grew up with five siblings in a bourgeois London family in which he often felt misunderstood and lonely, finding solace in the Bible and other religious and theological works. In the autumn of 1816 he experienced an “inner conversion,” convincing him he was one of the chosen and was destined for a life without marriage. In 1817 he began studying law at Oxford, quickly …

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Fahlbusch, Erwin, “Newman, John Henry”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 21 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_N195>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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