John Henry Newman, Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. II, The Minds of Little. Children, p. 66. 2. An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent, University of Notre .
Yet, from his rise as the most charismatically attractive Oxford don in history, during the 1830s, to his death as a cardinal of the Roman Church in Hagley Road, Birmingham, in 1890, Newman remains an electrifying presence – in the world, and on the page. Having helped to transform the Church of England, he left it and began, subtly and unmistakably, to transform the great Western Church. His writings on the Fathers, on the development of doctrine, on the grounds of belief – in An Essay in aid of a Grammar of Assent – and on the fundamental basis of Catholic unity, were all profoundly influential, not on the First Vatican Council, whose deliberations he viewed from afar with something like horror – but on the Second.
Grammar of Assent An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent ..
It is the thesis of this article that the epistemology of Cardinal John Henry Newman is profoundly skewed, and constitutes a proto-type of that Modernist mentality which now ravages the Roman Catholic Church. Newman wrote his book titled An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent expressly to explain his epistemology. Before entering into an analysis, however, we need to do some preparatory analysis of classical Catholic and Thomistic epistemology.