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My goal in the present volume is to give “balance” and greater overall accuracy to the Catholic treatment of Luther. He obviously wrote a lot of things that Catholics vigorously disagree with. I have dealt at length with those, elsewhere. But if we are to fully understand him, we also need to discover the orthodox and traditional aspects of his teaching (from the Catholic point of view). We owe it to Luther, to present his views in their fullness and broadness; in their totality. I shall be citing the portions of Luther’s writings that Catholics would agree with. The ecumenical endeavor is devoted to finding things that Christians have in common. This book will do exactly that. If I can persuade a few people that Catholics and Lutherans have more in common than either side (for the most part) imagined, I’ll be more than happy and fulfilled, having accomplished my goal. The topics are divided into nine broad sections and 113 individual categories, and arranged chronologically within each category.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

Dedication
Introduction [read online]
Sources and Abbreviations
I. Bible and Tradition (Authority)
1.The Bible
2. Tradition, Apostolic
3. Fathers of the Church
4. Deuterocanon / “Apocrypha”
5. The Bible: Complex and Difficult to Master
6. The Bible: Eisegesis
7. The Bible: Proof from / Harmony with
II. Doctrine of the Church (Ecclesiology)
1. Catholicism
2. Apostolic Succession
3. Binding, Dogmatic Authority
4. The Infallible Church
5. Indefectibility of the Church
6. Church Councils
7. Ordination / Clergy
8. Bishops
9. Celibacy
10. Denominationalism, Sectarianism, Fanaticism
11. Sinners in the Church
12. Papal Supremacy and Headship
13. Authority: Obedience to
14. Holy Mother Church / Wrongness of Schism
15. Excommunication
16. Pope, Reverence for
17. Heresy
18. Rome: The Apostolic See
19. Monks and Monastic Vows
20. No Salvation Outside the Church
III.Theology of Salvation (Soteriology)
1. Necessity of Good Works in the Christian Life
2. Faith and Works
3. Works and Salvation
4. Co-Workers with God / Synergy
5. Justification
6. Sanctification
7. Salvation as a Process
8. Denial of Absolute Instant Assurance of Salvation
9. Original Sin
10. Theosis / Deification
11. Antinomianism or “Cheap Grace”: Falsity of
12. Grace, Degrees and Increase of
13. Discipleship / Personal Relationship with Jesus
14. Atonement, Universal
IV. Penance and Mortification
1. Confession
2. Absolution / Sacrament of Penance / Power of the “Keys”
3. Merit
4. Suffering and Sanctification
5. Fasting and Abstinence
6. Bodily Mortification
7. Sharing the Sufferings of Christ
8. Indulgences
9. Indulgences, Abuse of
10. Contrition
11. Satisfaction / Penance
12. Sin, Mortal
13. Sin, Venial
14. Chastity, Marital
V. Holy Eucharist and the Mass
1. Real, Substantial Presence
2. Consubstantiation
3. Consecration: Proper Words of
4. Eucharistic Adoration
5. Jesus’ One Sacrifice, Memorialized at the Mass
6. Grace and Strength Received from Holy Communion
7. Eucharist and Salvation
8. Ex opere operato
9. Liturgy and Rites
10. Eucharist and Forgiveness of Sins
11. Transubstantiation
12. Elevation of the Consecrated Elements
13. Continued Use of Latin
14. Holy Days
15. Priest as the “Alter Christus”
16. Mass, Daily
17. Communion in One Kind
VI. Sacraments and Sacramentals
1. Baptismal Regeneration / Baptism in General
2. Infant Baptism
3. Baptism and Being “Born Again”
4. Baptism and Salvation
5. Confirmation, Sacrament of
6. Anointing / Extreme Unction
7. Wholehearted Formal Prayer and Worship
8. Holy Places
9. Holy and Sacred Items
10. Genuflection, Bowing, and Kneeling
11. Crucifixes
12. Sign of the Cross
13. Sacramentalism
14. “Believers’” (Adult) Baptism (Falsity of)
15. Baptism of Desire
VII. Communion of Saints / Angels / Last Things
1. Prayer and Penance for the Dead
2. Invocation of Saints
3. Imitation and Veneration of Saints
4. Intercession of Saints and Angels
5. Useful ChristianImages
6. Relics
7. Purgatory
8. Saints
9. Idolatry
10. Saints, Communion of
VIII. The Blessed Virgin Mary (Mariology)
1. Sinlessness
2. Perpetual Virginity
3. “Mother of God” (Theotokos)
4. Queen of Heaven
5. Spiritual Mother / Invocation and Intercession of
6. The Rosary / Hail Mary
7. Virginity “in Partu” (During Childbirth)
8. Immaculate Conception or Immaculate Purification
9. Humility and Christ-Centeredness
10. Called “Blessed”
11. Veneration
12. Images of Mary
13. Second Eve / New Eve
IX. Miscellaneous
1. Apologetics
2. Contraception
3. Divorce

EXCERPTS

Introduction (10-10-14)

On Sacramental Confession [Facebook, 10-14-14]

Invocation of  the Blessed Virgin Mary [Facebook, 10-16-14]

Casual Reference to Ecclesiasticus (Sirach) as Scripture [Facebook, 11-6-14]

On What is “Biblical” [Facebook, 11-10-14]

On Merit [Facebook, 11-10-14]

On Eucharistic Adoration [Facebook, 11-11-14]

On the Veneration of the Saints [Facebook, 11-11-14]

Acceptance of the Eucharistic Principle of Ex Opere Operato [Facebook, 11-12-14]

On Mary’s Virginity “in Partu” (During Childbirth) on Account of Her Sinlessness [Facebook, 11-13-14]

On Purgatory [Facebook, 11-17-14]

On Nestorius and the Bankruptcy of His Reasoning Against Mary as the “Mother of God” [Facebook, 11-17-14]

On Sharing the Sufferings of Christ [Facebook, 12-1-14]

Luther Accepts the Sacrifice of the Mass (and He Doesn’t) [Facebook, 12-3-14]

Luther Calls Wisdom of Solomon “Scripture” [Facebook, 12-4-14]

Luther’s Excellent Argument Against “Believers'” (Adult) Baptism [Facebook, 12-6-14]

Luther’s Solid Arguments in Favor of Infant Baptism [Facebook, 12-6-14]

On Contraception and Procreation [Facebook, 12-22-14]

On the Infallibility and Indefectibility of the Church [Facebook, 12-28-14]

 

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MISC.
 
 
 
TABLE OF CONTENTS
 
 
Dedication (p. 3):
 
To the two female Doctors of the Church included in this volume: St. Catherine of Siena and St. Teresa of Ávila. We love you and profusely thank our Lord for the immeasurably wonderful gifts of your holiness and wisdom and writings.
 
Introduction (Evelyn Underhill) (p. 5)
 
Brief Biographical Portraits (p. 25) [link: read online]
 
Bibliography (p. 43) [see below]

Quotations (p. 47)

Index of Topics (p. ?)

 

 

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St. Bernard of Clairvaux [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]
St. Bonaventure [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]
Bl. John of Ruysbroeck [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
Bl. Henry Suso [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7]
Johannes Tauler [1] [2] [3] [4]
Walter Hilton [1] [2]

Julian of Norwich [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

St. Catherine of Siena [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

The Cloud of Unknowing [1] [2]

Theologia Germanica [1] [2] [3]

Thomas à Kempis / The Imitation of Christ [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

St. Catherine of Genoa [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

St. Teresa of Ávila [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10]

St. John of the Cross [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13]

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BIBLIOGRAPHY

 
[chronologically by author]
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[all books are in the public domain and available online: St. Bernard at Google Books; Evelyn Underhill at Internet Archive, all others at Christian Classics Ethereal Library]
 
 
St. Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
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On the Love of God (translated by Marianne Caroline and Coventry Patmore; London: Burns and Oates, 2nd edition, 1884) [includes also, Fragments from a Fragment]
 
St. Bonaventure (c. 1217-1274)
 
The Mind’s Road to God (translated by George Boas; Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill Educational Publishing, 1953)
 
Blessed John of Ruysbroeck (c. 1293-1381)
 
The Adornment of the Spiritual Marriage (translated by C. A. Wynschenk; edited by Evelyn Underhill; London: J. M. Dent, 1916)
 
The Sparkling Stone (translated by C. A. Wynschenk; edited by Evelyn Underhill; London: J. M. Dent, 1916)
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The Book of Supreme Truth (translated by C. A. Wynschenk; edited by Evelyn Underhill; London: J. M. Dent, 1916)
 
Blessed Henry Suso [“Suso”] (1295-1366)
 
A Little Book of Eternal Wisdom (“translated and published for the Catholics of England years ago”; London: Burns Oates & Washbourne Ltd., 1910)
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The Life of Blessed Henry Suso by Himself (translated by Thomas Francis Knox, London: Burns, Lambert, and Oates, 1865)
 
Johannes Tauler (c. 1300-1361)
 
The Inner Way (translated by Arthur Wollaston, London: Methuen & Co.,2nd edition, 1909)
 
Walter Hilton (c. 1340/45 -1396)
 
The Scale [or, Ladder] of Perfection (English updated by Dom Serenus Cressy, O.S.B., 1659; New York: Benziger Brothers, 1901)
 
Julian[a] of Norwich (c. 1342-c. 1416)
 
Revelations of Divine Love (translated by Grace Warrack; London: Methuen & Co., 1901)
 
St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)
 
The Dialogue (translated by Algar Thorold; London: Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., Ltd., London, 1907; abridged edition)
 
The Cloud of Unknowing: late 14th century anonymous work
 
The Cloud of Unknowing (translated and edited by Evelyn Underhill; London: John M. Watkins, 2nd edition, 1922)
 
Theologia Germanica: late 14th century work by an anonymous priest
 
Theologia Germanica (translated by Susanna Winkworth; edited by Dr. Peiffer; London and Glasgow: Collins’ Clear-Type Press: Golden Treasury Series, 2nd edition, 1893)
Thomas à Kempis (c. 1380-1471)
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The Imitation of Christ (translated by Aloysius Croft and Harold Bolton; Milwaukee: Bruce Publishing Company, 1940)
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St. Catherine of Genoa (1447-1510)
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Spiritual Dialogue (translated by Charlotte Balfour; New York: Christian Press Association Publishing Co., 1907)
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Treatise on Purgatory (unknown translator; New York: Christian Press Association Publishing Co., 1907)
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 St. Teresa of Ávila (1515-1582)
 
Autobiography (translated by David Lewis; London: Thomas Baker / New York: Benziger Bros., 3rd edition, 1904)
 
The Way of Perfection (translated and edited by E. Allison Peers from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, C.D., Garden City, New York: Doubleday Image Books, 1964)
 
The Interior Castle (translated by the Benedictines of Stanbrook; revised by Fr. Benedict Zimmerman, O.C.D., London: Thomas Baker, 3rd edition, 1921)
 
St. John of the Cross (1542-1591)
 
Ascent of Mount Carmel (translated and edited by E. Allison Peers from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, C.D., Garden City, New York: Doubleday Image Books, 3rd revised edition, 1962)
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Dark Night of the Soul (translated and edited by E. Allison Peers from the critical edition of P. Silverio de Santa Teresa, C.D., Garden City, New York: Doubleday Image Books, 3rd revised edition, 1959)
 
A Spiritual Canticle (translated by David Lewis, with corrections by Fr. Benedict Zimmerman, O.C.D., London: Thomas Baker, 1909)
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INDEX OF TOPICS
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Absolution 47 Angels 47 Angels, Guardian, 49 Anger 49 Apostasy 50 Apostolic Succession 50 Aridity, Spiritual 51 Atonement, Universal 53 Baptism of Blood, Fire, or Desire 54 Baptismal Regeneration 54 Beatific Vision 55 Church and Doctrinal Truth 56 Church: Bride of God 57 Church: Obedience to 57 Company, Good 61 Concupiscence 61 Conscience 61 Contrition 61 Correction 63 Covenants; Testaments (Old and New) 63 Cross, The 64 Cross, Taking Up of 64 Crucifixes 68 “Dark Night of the Soul” 68 “Dark Night of the Spirit” 74 Death 78 Deification; Divinization; Theosis 80 Demons 93 Desires, Godly 95 Detraction 96 Devotion 97 Discipleship 98 Disposition, Interior 100 Dreams (as a Means for Visions) 101 Emotions 102 Envy 102 Eucharist 103 Eucharist and Grace 104 Eucharist and Irreverence 106 Eucharist and Salvation 106 Eucharist: Preparation for 107 Eucharistic Adoration 107 Evangelism 108 Faith 108 Faith and Works 110 Faults 110 Fear 111 Flesh, The 111 Forgiveness 111 Ghosts 112 Gifts, Spiritual 113 God, Devotion to 114 God: Goodness of 114 God: Immutability of (Unchangeability) 115 God: Impassibility of (No Changeable Emotions) 116 God: Incomprehensibility of 117 God: Love for Us 119 God: Man’s Love of 121 God: Mercy of 123 God: Omnipotence of 125 God: Omnipresence of 125 God: Outside of Time 125 God: Praise of 126 God: Presence of; Personal Relationship with 127 God, Providence of 127 God: Seeking of; Yearning After 128 God: Self-Sufficiency of 130 God, Trust in 131 God, Will of 131 Grace 131 Grace Alone (for Salvation) 133 Grace and Sin 135 Grace: Necessity of, for All Good Works 135 Grace: Quantifiable 138 Grace vs. Self-Reliance 139 Gratitude 139 Happiness 140 Heart: Indwelling by God 140 Heart, Purity of 143 Heaven 144 Hell 145 Heretics 152 Holy Spirit, Illumination of 152 Holy Water 153 Honor 153 Humility 153 Images and Icons 156 Inebriation, Spiritual 159 Jesus, Crucified, Visions of 159 Jesus: Devotion to; Personal Relationship with 160 Jesus, Glorified 163 Jesus, Imitation of 164 Jesus, Passion of 164 Jesus, Second Coming of 166 Jesus, Vision of 167 Joy 168 Judgment Day 169 Legalism 169 Levitation 169 Light, Divine 170 Locutions, Divine 170 Locutions, Satanic 171 Love; Charity 173 Love and Knowledge 176 Love, Fire of 176 Lust 177 Mary and Joseph: Vision of 178 Mary: Assumption of 178 Mary: Imitation of 178 Mary: Immaculate Conception of 179 Mary: Knowledge of Jesus’ Passion 179 Mary: Mediatrix 179 Mary, Meekness of 180 Mary: Queen of Heaven 180 Mary: Second Eve 181 Mary: Sinlessness of 181 Mary: Spiritual Mother and Intercessor 181 Mary, Veneration of 182 Mary, Vision of 183 Mass, Sacrifice of the 183 Meditation 183 Meekness 184 Merit 184 Mind, Carnal, and Seeing God 187 Miracles 188 Mortification 188 Mysticism / Mystical Theology 190 Opposition 193 Peace, Inner 194 Penance 197 Penance, Sacrament of (Reconciliation; Confession) 198 Perfection 199 Persecution and Forgiveness 201 Perseverance 201 Pilgrimages 202 Prayer 202 Prayer and Grace 206 Prayer and Salvation 207 Prayer, Answers to 207 Prayer, Contemplative 208 Prayer, Distraction in 215 Prayer, Informal or Spontaneous 217 Prayer: Listening to God 218 Preaching 219 Pride 220 Pride, Spiritual (“Pharisaism”) 221 Priests 222 Purgatory 224 Purity 230 Rapture; Spiritual Bliss; Ecstasy 231 Reason and Piety 233 Reason, Idolatry of 234 Redemption; Atonement 234 Relics 235 Repentance 235 Repentance, Deathbed 235 Reprobation; Damnation 236 Revelations 238 Riches, Excessive Desire for 238 Saints, Communion of 240 Saints, Invocation and Intercession of 242 Saints, Veneration of 243 Salvation 244 Salvation, Moral Assurance of 245 Sanctification 246 Satan 249 Satan and Hedonism 254 Satan and Prayer 255 Satan and Visions 255 Satan, Appearance of 256 Satisfaction 257 Scripture 257 Scripture and Spirituality 257 Scripture and Truth 258 Self-Examination 259 Self-Knowledge 260 Self-Love 260 Sensuality; Carnality 261 Servanthood 262 Sin 262 Sin: Fiery Purging of 264 Sin, Mortal 265 Sin, Original 267 Sin, Venial 268 Solitude 268 Soul, The 269 Spiritual Feelings 269 Spirituality 270 Submission 272 Suffering 272 Suffering and Joy 274 Suffering and Merit 275 Suffering and Reward 275 Suffering and Sanctity 276 Suffering and Trust in God 276 Suffering: Chastisement 279 Suffering and Redemption 280 Suffering with (and for) Christ 280 Temptation 284 Temptation and Holiness 286 Temptation and Prayer 286 Temptation and Satan 287 Thanksgiving 288 Tradition, Sacred 288 Trinity, Holy 288 Unbelief 289 Vices 289 Virtue(s) 290 Visions 292 Vocations; Callings 293 Will, Man’s 293 Working Together with God (Co-Laborers) 294 Works, Good 296

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[see also the Spanish translation by Kevin Bingaman: ¡Revelación!: 1001 respuestas de la Biblia a las preguntas teológicas]
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Dedication
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To all lovers of Holy Scripture: God’s inspired, infallible Word and revelation. May its infinite wisdom and knowledge fill you up and satisfy your grace-originated yearnings for truth, spiritual wholeness, and union with our Lord and Savior.
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Introduction
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The Bible is a complex, lengthy collection of 73 books. My aim – simple in concept but far more difficult in organization and execution — is to make it easier to quickly find biblical answers to theological questions that are of perennial importance. I presuppose the inspiration and infallibility of the Bible, and this book is for Christians who accept those notions. 
This effort is more “catechetical” (what we Catholics believe) than “apologetical” (why we believe it); though to some extent it is the latter, too, insofar as “biblical prooftexts” constitute data in favor of one position over another. Apologetics appears in the way I select and categorize the topics. More often than not, these are what are called “Catholic distinctives”: topics that are regarded as “controversial” by non-Catholic Christians. I make no pretense to “proving” Catholic doctrines herein. I’m merely providing a quick reference source and food for thought.
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One of my specialties as a Catholic apologist is “biblical evidence for Catholicism” (the name of my blog). The idea for the present volume came to me in a flash. I was trying to conceive of a fresh way to present “biblical evidence” not only for Catholicism but for Christian theology in general. It’s sort of a summation of the best of the hundreds of examples of “biblical evidence” that I’ve presented in my 40 books (as of this writing).
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The notion that arose in my mind was to simply provide Bible passages (usually one verse; sometimes a few together) that would be (in my humble opinion, anyway) the very best “answers” to a large number of one-sentence questions.
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The format might remind one of the popular TV game show Jeopardy, where the contestants are given a piece of information and have to come up with a question that it is the “answer” to. While compiling it, I looked at Bible passages and devised questions that the passages “answered”.
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I readily confess that the questions themselves introduce an element of subjectivity: my own conception of both the questions and the “best” Bible passages that could be construed as an “answer” to them. That was the fun aspect of the project, and what makes this book different and unusual.
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I think somewhere in the back of my mind, I was also perhaps vaguely recalling, particularly, The Question and Answer Catholic Catechism (New York: Doubleday Image, 1981), by my mentor, the late great Fr. John A. Hardon, S. J. He divided his book into major categories, then subcategories, and finally into 1,701 individual questions. His answers were relatively simple “catechetical” replies that present the basic Catholic teachings or “answers.”
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Likewise, my book consists of 18 broad categories (Roman numerals), and 200 numbered subcategories, under which the 1,001 particular questions are found, with each answer being a Bible passage. The numerical format is simple. It is the section number (of 200), followed by a dash and then the number of the individual question in the section (e.g., 32-13). I suppose one could also add the larger category number, leading to a (St. Thomas Aquinas’) Summa Theologica-like reference: III, 32-13.
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All questions presuppose that the answer will come from the Bible; hence, no need to keep repeating over and over, “Where in the Bible . . . ?” or “What does Scripture teach about . . .?,” etc. I shall try to keep the questions as simple and direct (and on one specific topic) as I possibly can.
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One objection that will certainly be aimed at this volume, is that it is mere “prooftexting”: a word that has a largely negative connotation of “citing Scripture in isolation and out of context to bolster positions already held on other grounds.” My reply to that charge, however, is as follows:
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1) All systematic theology (indeed, even papal encyclicals or conciliar documents) entail citation of Bible verses (usually single ones, as in this book): and these can always be quibbled with by someone, because in citing a passage, it is presupposed that it has relevance to the topic at hand (and sometimes there can be honest disagreement about that).
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2) Works that are trying to simplify theology as much as possible for the masses (including catechisms or like-minded literature) will tend to be of this “summary” nature. The question is whether simplification is a good thing overall or a bad thing. I think there is no question that it’s good.
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There is always time to go more into depth on issues, as a student or inquirer progresses in theological understanding. In my own collection of 40 books, I devote entire volumes to individual topics (for example, Eucharist, soteriology, Mary, the communion of saints). I’ve written two entire books and lengthy sections of several others, just on the topic of the falsity of sola Scriptura (“Scripture is the only infallible authority”). One can always consult those or other similar books, articles, etc., too.
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3) A “prooftext” can be cited properly or improperly, and that is a discussion in and of itself. An improper citation would be something taken out of context or interpreted wrongly, with regard to other relevant passages on the same topic, or historic and/or Church teaching (a heterodox or non-orthodox interpretation). That has to be — or could be — argued, which is beyond the purview of this particular book. Of course, I claim that I have done it properly and in line with the teachings of Holy Mother Church.
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4) Here is an example of improper “prooftexting.” Protestants (especially evangelicals) notoriously, and almost ubiquitously, cite the following passage as a supposed “proof” of sola Scriptura:
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2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
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It’s a long discussion, but in summary (and I’ve written more on this general topic than any other), nowhere in this passage do we find a notion that only Scripture is infallible or that it is the sole theological norm or standard for doctrine (the exclusive claim). Scripture itself also plainly asserts the authoritative, binding nature of apostolic tradition and the Church (as I document in this very book and several others).*
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Therefore, the Catholic argues that to use this passage as an alleged “proof” of sola Scriptura is “prooftexting” in the very worst sense of the word: it is yanked out of the context of the entire Bible and what it teaches on the topic of the rule of faith, and it violates historic orthodoxy: what was taught all along, up until Protestantism in the 16th century introduced something far different. Things are read into the passage that simply aren’t there, and we call this, “eisegesis” (reading in things rather than getting things out of Bible passages: “exegesis”).
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Now, in this volume, I submit that I have properly cited 2 Timothy 3:16, because I do so in line with historic Christian, apostolic teaching, and not in contradiction to what the Bible teaches in other passages. I don’t read anything into it that isn’t present. Thus, it is classified as follows:
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I. Bible and Tradition (Authority)
4. Infallible Authority of Holy Scripture
4-6. Is Scripture inspired, or “God-breathed”?
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The passage clearly teaches inspiration of Scripture: a thing that all serious Christians readily agree with. But it does not teach sola Scriptura: a notion that is improperly eisegeted into it, out of a prior bias and predisposition formed by Protestant premises.
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I hope readers find this work enjoyable, educational, and edifying: the “three E’s” that I strive to achieve as a constant goal in all of my theological writing. The marvelous treasures in the Bible await all of us: inspired revelation from the Mind of God, via the human biblical writers.
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Table of Contents

Dedication (p. 3)
Introduction (p. 5)
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I. Bible and Tradition (Authority) [76 questions]
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1. Tradition, Apostolic (p. 17) [12]
2. Tradition, Oral (p. 19) [6]
3. Older Oral Traditions Cited in the New Testament (p. 20) [6]
4.Infallible Authority of Holy Scripture (p. 21) [9]
5. Private Judgment (p. 22) [3]
6. Perspicuity (Clearness) of Scripture (p. 23) [2]
7. Hermeneutics / Interpretation of Scripture (p. 24) [3]
8. Traditions of Men (p. 25) [4]
9. The Jewish Background of Christianity (p. 26) [15]
10. Deuterocanonical Books (p. 29) [10] [read on my Facebook page]
11. Development of Doctrine (p. 31) [6]
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II. Doctrine of the Church (Ecclesiology) [152 questions]
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12. Oneness / Unity of (p. 33) [6]
13. Holiness / Teacher of Righteousness (p. 34) [6]
14. Catholic (Universal) (p. 35) [10]
15. Apostolic Succession (p. 38) [5]
16. Authority to Make Binding Decisions (p. 39) [6]
17. Visible (p. 40) [4]
18. Infallible (p. 41) [4]
19. Indefectible (p. 42) [7]
20. Authoritative Councils (p. 44) [4]
21. Priests / Sacrament of Holy Orders (p. 45) [13]
22. Bishops (p. 47) [9]
23. Dispenses Forgiveness (Sacrament of Penance) (p. 49) [5]
24. Authority to Impose Penance (p. 50) [5]
25. Indulgences (Relaxation of Temporal Punishment) (p. 51) [1]
26. Celibacy: Heroic Calling with Less Distraction (p. 52) [3]
27. Excommunication and Anathemas (p. 53) [4]
28. The Papacy (p. 54) [24]
29. Denominationalism and Sectarianism; Division (p. 59) [15]
30. Sinners in the Church (p. 62) [16]
31. Beautiful and/or Expensive Church Buildings (p. 67) [5]
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III.Theology of Salvation (Soteriology) [198 questions]
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32. Salvation is Ultimately by Grace Alone (p. 68) [4]
33. Salvation is Not by Faith Alone (p. 69) [9]
34. Salvation is Not by Works Alone (Pelagianism) (p. 71) [2]
35. Grace + Faith + Works + Obedience = Salvation (p. 71) [4]
36. The Central Place of Works in the Final Judgment (p. 72) [6]
37. Mortal and Venial Sin (p. 73) [6]
38. Quantifiable Differences in Grace (p. 75) [3]
39. Meritorious Action Enabled by God’s Grace (p. 75) [9]
40. Co-Workers with God / Synergy (p. 77) [5]
41. Participation in Distribution of Grace and Salvation (p. 78) [7]
42. God Enables True Human Righteousness (p. 79) [4]
43. Human Beings Are Portrayed as “Righteous” (p. 80) [6]
44. Initial Justification by Faith Alone (p. 81) [2]
45. Infused Justification / Sanctification (p. 81) [18]
46. Faith and Works: Two Sides of One Coin (p. 84) [5]
47. Salvation as a Process (p. 85) [10]
48. Moral Assurance of Salvation (p. 87) [2]
49. God’s Election of the Saved (p. 88) [7]
50. Falsity of the Calvinist Doctrine of Total Depravity (p. 89) [10]
51. Falsity of the Calvinist Doctrine of Limited Atonement (p. 92) [12]
52. Falsity of the Calvinist Doctrine of Irresistible Grace (p. 94) [7]
53. Falsity of the Absolute Assurance of Salvation (p. 95) [5]
54. Apostasy (Falling Away from Grace and Salvation) (p. 97) [9]
55. Salvation Made Possible by Jesus’ Death on the Cross (p. 99) [10]
56. Theosis (p. 101) [5] [read on my Facebook page]
57. Indwelling of the Holy Spirit (p. 102) [7] [read on my Facebook page]
58. Personal Relationship with Jesus (p. 103) [9] [read on my Facebook page]
59. The Nature of the Gospel (p. 104) [4]
60. Falsity of Predestination to Hell (p. 106) [6]
61. Original Sin (p. 108) [5]
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IV. Purgatory [40 questions]
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62. Indications of Purgatorial Process After Death (p. 109) [6]
63. Analogous Purgatorial Processes on the Earth (p. 111) [13]
64. Prayer for the Dead (p. 113) [3]
65. Necessity of Actual Holiness in Order to Enter Heaven (p. 115) [5]
66. Analogy to Sheol / Hades (Third State After Death) (p. 116) [13]
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V. Penance [35 questions]
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67. Temporal Punishment / Expiation for Sin (p. 119) [3]
68. Atonement for Others (p. 120) [3]
69. Fasting and Abstinence (p. 120) [5]
70. Bodily Mortification (p. 122) [4]
71. Sharing the Sufferings of Christ (p. 123) [7]
72. Redemptive Suffering on Behalf of Others (p. 124) [13]
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VI. Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist [16 questions]
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73. Initiation at the Last Supper (p. 127) [4]
74. Transubstantiation (p. 129) [2]
75. The Eucharistic Realism of John 6 (p. 130) [1]
76. Eucharistic Adoration (p. 130) [6]
77. Communion in One Kind (p. 132) [3]
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VII. Sacrifice of the Mass [27 questions]
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78. Timeless Nature of the Mass (Jesus Died Once) (p. 133) [4]
79. Analogies to the OT Sacrificial, Priestly System (p. 134) [8]
80. St. Paul’s Use of Priestly and Sacerdotal Categories (p. 136) [2]
81. Jesus as the Sacrificial Passover Lamb (p. 136) [3]
82. The Book of Hebrews (p. 137) [2]
83. The Altar in Heaven (p. 138) [5]
84. Christian Participation in the Death of Jesus (p. 139) [3]
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VIII. Sacrament of Baptism [18 questions]
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85. Baptismal Regeneration / Baptism and Salvation (p. 140) [10]
86. Infant Baptism (p. 142) [4]
87. Baptism and Being “Born Again” (p. 143) [1]
88. Infants as Part of the Kingdom and Covenant (p. 143) [3]
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IX. Sacrament of Confirmation [22 questions]
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89. Descent of the Holy Spirit Upon Persons (p. 144) [6]
90. Jesus’ Baptizing with the Holy Spirit (p. 145) [3]
91. Being “Filled” with the Holy Spirit (p. 146) [5]
92. Holy Spirit and the Laying on of Hands (p. 146) [2]
93. “Sealed” with the Holy Spirit (p. 147) [3]
94. Anointing with Oil in Order to Receive the Holy Spirit (p. 147) [1]
95. Holy Spirit Received Via Authoritative Persons (p. 148) [2]
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X. Sacrament of Anointing [6 questions]
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96. Priests Anoint with Oil to Heal Recipients (p. 148) [2]
97. Laying on of Hands for Healing (p. 149) [1]
98. Spiritual Benefit in Healing (e.g., Demoniacs) (p. 149) [3]
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XI. Sacramentals, Devotions, and Worship [55 questions]
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99. Wholehearted Formal Prayer and Worship (p. 150) [4]
100. The Rosary (p. 151) [3]
101. Holy Water (p. 152) [3]
102. Candles and Incense (p. 153) [5]
103. Holy Places / Sacred Ground (p. 154) [6]
104. Holy and Sacred Items (p. 155) [5]
105. Music in Worship (p. 156) [5]
106. Priestly Blessings (p. 157) [3]
107. Examination of Conscience (p. 158) [2]
108. Almsgiving (p. 159) [2]
109. Genuflection and Kneeling (p. 159) [4]
110. Physical Items as Aids in Worship of God (p. 160) [3]
111. Special Presence of God in Physical Objects (p. 161) [4]
112. Holy Days (p. 162) [2]
113. Mass Obligation (p. 162) [2]
114. Sunday worship / Sabbath Principle (p. 163) [2]
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XII. Angels and the Communion of Saints / Eschatology [57 questions]
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115. Dead Saints Returning to Earth (p. 163) [4]
116. Communication from God in Dreams (p. 165) [4]
117. Invocation of Saints (Asking them to Intercede) (p. 166) [2]
118. Invocation of Angels (Asking them to Intercede) (p. 166) [1]
119. Veneration of Saints and Imitation of Holy Persons (p. 167) [6]
120. Veneration of Angels & Men as God’s Representatives (p. 168) [2]
121. Intercession of the Saints (p. 168) [7]
122. Intercession of Angels (p. 170) [4]
123. Guardian Angels (p. 171) [2]
124. Veneration of Images (p. 171) [3]
125. Worshiping God, Kneeling Before Man-Made Statues (p. 172) [1]
126. Worship of God Via an Image (p. 173) [2]
127. Crucifixes (p. 173) [4]
128. Relics (p. 174) [4]
129. Hell (p. 176) [4]
130. Falsity of Universalism (p. 177) [7]
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XIII. The Blessed Virgin Mary (Mariology) [25 questions]
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131. Sinlessness (p. 179) [3]
132. Immaculate Conception (p. 179) [4]
133. Perpetual Virginity (p. 180) [3]
134. “Mother of God” (Theotokos) (p. 181) [4]
135. “Spouse of the Holy Spirit” (p. 182) [2]
136. Analogies of Bodily Assumption Into Heaven (p. 182) [3]
137. Queen of Heaven (p. 183) [1]
138. Spiritual Mother of Men (p. 183) [1]
139. Mediatrix and Intercessor (p. 184) [4]
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XIV. Jesus Christ (Christology) [80 questions]
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140. Equality with the Father (p. 185) [4]
141. Creator (p. 186) [5]
142. Eternal and Uncreated (p. 187) [6]
143. Worshiped (p. 188) [6]
144. Omnipotent (All-Powerful) (p. 189) [1]
145. Omniscient (All-Knowing) (p. 189) [1]
146. Omnipresent (Present Everywhere) (p. 189) [1]
147. Forgives Sins in His Own Name (p. 190) [3]
148. Receives Prayer (p. 190) [5]
149. Sinlessness / Impeccability (p. 191) [5]
150. Called Lord (Kurios) (p. 192) [4]
151. Called God (Theos) (p. 192) [7]
152. Called Many Things Also Applied to the Father (p. 194) [15]
153. Image (Icon) of the Invisible Father (p. 196) [1]
154. Primacy of the Name of Jesus (p. 196) [5]
155. Claimed to be the Messiah (p. 197) [1]
156. Claimed to be God (p. 197) [1]
157. Claimed to be the Savior of the World (p. 198) [7]
158. Judge of the World (p. 199) [1]
159. Willing Subjection as Messiah (p. 199) [1]
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XV. God the Father (Theology Proper) [31 questions]
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160. God is One (Monotheism) (p. 200) [2]
161. Creator (p. 200) [3]
162. Eternal (p. 201) [1]
163. Non-Material (Invisible Spirit) (p. 201) [2]
164. Exclusively Worshiped and Adored (p. 201) [1]
165. Omnipotent (All-Powerful) (p. 201) [1]
166. Omniscient (All-Knowing) (p. 202) [1]
167. Omnipresent (Present Everywhere) (p. 202) [1]
168. Outside of Time (p. 202) [2] [read on my Facebook page]
169. Sovereign (p. 202) [4]
170. Thoughts Are Beyond Human Comprehension (p. 203) [2]
171. Anthropomorphism and Anthropopathism (p. 204) [2] [read on my Facebook page]
172. Immutable (p. 204) [3] [read on my Facebook page]
173. Impassible (Without “Passion” or Emotion) (p. 204) [1] [read on my Facebook page]
174. Self-Existent and Simple (Not Composite) (p. 205) [2] [read on my Facebook page]
175. Monarchia/ Principatus (Unbegotten) (p. 205) [3]
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XVI. The Holy Spirit (Pneumatology) and Trinitarianism 
[28 questions]
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176. Passages with All Three Divine Persons (p. 206) [4]
177. Personal Attributes of the Holy Spirit (p. 207) [10]
178. Divinity / Divine Attributes of the Holy Spirit (p. 208) [6]
179. Holy Spirit’s Procession from the Father and Son (p. 210) [3]
180. Circumincession: Divine Persons “In” Each Other (p. 210) [5]
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XVII. Sacrament of Marriage [47 questions]
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181. Analogy of Marriage to Christ and His Church (p. 211) [5]
182. Valid Marriage is Indissoluble / No Divorce (p. 212) [5]
183. Annulment (Declaration of Non-Marriage) (p. 214) [3]
184. Extramarital Sex Prohibited (p. 215) [8]
185. The Sin of Contraception (p. 217) [8]
186. Many Children Are a Blessing (p. 219) [4]
187. Preborn Children Are Persons (p. 220) [7]
188. Abortion is Murder and Forbidden (p. 221) [4]
189. Child Sacrifice is an Abomination (p. 222) [3]
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XVIII. Miscellaneous [88 questions]
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190. Apologetics (Rational Defense of Christianity) (p. 223) [13]
191. Ecumenism (p. 226) [7]
192. Invincible Ignorance (p. 229) [4]
193. Vegetarianism (p. 230) [6]
194. Atheism (p. 232) [2]
195. Use of Alcohol (p. 233) [13]
196. Permissibility of Just War (p. 236) [10] [read online]
197. Permissibility of Capital Punishment (p. 238) [13]
198. Judgment of Nations (p. 243) [12]
199. God’s Middle Knowledge (p. 247) [5]
200. “Baptizing” Pagan Practices and Truth (p. 249) [3]
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Introduction
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[see also the Introduction and Book Page for Vol. I]

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While this volume continues the “work” of The Quotable Newman (Sophia Institute Press, 2012), it should be noted that most of the topics are different, though there is some overlap, too. Thus, “supplement” would more accurately describe the contents herein.
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The first volume hit the major, “obligatory” theological topics. This one is more wide-ranging and perhaps also more “fun” (in a sense) for Newman devotees. Examples of the latter aspect might include Blessed Cardinal Newman’s reflections upon his own writing and books, science and Christianity, heaven and hell, old age, and Ireland and Irishmen.
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The citations also tend to be relatively shorter, and to include proportionately more material from his correspondence.
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I managed to locate two additional volumes of Letters and Diaries for this work: volumes 27 and 28: covering the years of 1874-1878. These individual portions of the massive, fifty-years-in-the-making 32-volume set are quite expensive. One is fortunate to find even used copies for less than $50 (some cost as much as $500). It’s likely, then, that most people who are interested in Newman at all, have not accessed these books.
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They contain a lot of excellent observations and “gems” on a variety of topics, that I was delighted to find and now to pass along, for the education and edification of the reader.
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Once again, theology is the overwhelming emphasis, so some topics that one might expect to find, or find in much greater depth, will be missing for that reason. But those interested in Cardinal Newman’s Catholic and doctrinal thinking and beliefs will, I trust, be satisfied with what I have compiled. Enjoy!

 

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On His Own Sermons

On Theological Anti-Catholicism

On the Inevitability of Protestant Tradition Decisively Influencing Biblical Exegesis

On the Necessity of Interpretation of Even Clear Scripture, and the Sensus Fidelium

On Modernist Skepticism 

On Communion in One Kind, the Authority of the Catholic Church, and Related Anglican Criticisms

On Papal Infallibility and Interpretation of  Magisterial Documents

On Potential Catholic Converts Right on the Edge of Being Convinced

Newman Foresees Internet Mind-Reading and Rabbit Trails

On Truth Wherever it is Found, and in its Good Time

Not All Can Debate Well (Newman Included)

On the Orthodoxy of Catholic Universities

On Poisoning the Wells

On the Indefectibility of the Church

On Paganism and Christianity

On Distortions Regarding the Catholic Doctrine of Papal Infallibility

Vatican I Defined God as the Author of the Biblical Books

 

Misc.

 

The Quotable Newman and The Quotable Newman, Vol. II: Complete Index of Correspondents

 

Index of Topics 

[topics colored in blue were also included in Vol. I (39 total). All other topics are only found in Vol. II]

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[Total topics in both volumes: 259 (Vol. I = 123 / Vol. II additional topics = 136). ]

Allegorical Method (p. 21)

Altar Calls (p. 21)
Altars (p. 21)
Anathemas (p. 22)
Angels (p. 23)
Anglicanism (p. 23)
Anti-Catholicism (Prejudice) (p. 23)
Anti-Catholicism (Theological) (p. 29)
Antichrist (p. 31)
Apologetics and Evangelism (p.32)
Apologia pro Vita sua (p. 33)
Apostates; Apostasy (p. 38)
Arianism (p. 39)
Aristotle (p. 42)
Art (p. 42)
Atheism and Agnosticism (p. 42)
Babylon, Whore of (p. 45)
Beatific Vision  (p. 46)

Beauty (p. 46)

Bishops (p. 47)
Cardinalate (His Own) (p. 47)
Cardinals (p. 49)
Catechumens (p. 49)
Celibacy (p. 51)

Charity; Almsgiving (p. 52)
Church, The (Ecclesiology) (p. 53)

Church and Salvation (p. 54)

Church and Social Change (p. 55)
Church and State; Caesaropapism; Erastianism (p. 57)
Church Buildings (p. 59)

Church Government (p. 60)
Church, Indefectibility of (p. 61)
Church, Infallibility of (p. 62)
Church (“Roman Catholic”: Anglican View of) (p. 63)
Church, Sinners in (p. 65)
Church, Visible (vs. Invisible) (p. 74)
Circumincession / Coinherence / Perichoresis (p. 78)

Communism (p. 80)
Confession (p. 80)
Conscience (p. 80)
Conversion and Converts (p. 81)
Conversion (His Own) (p. 83)

Cosmological Argument for God’s Existence (p. 84)
Councils, Ecumenical (p. 85)
Creation; Nature (p. 85)
Creeds (p. 85)
Crucifixes (p. 86)
“Dark Ages” (Anti-Catholic Myth of) (p. 87)
Denominationalism; Sectarianism (p. 88)
Development (of Doctrine) (p. 95)
Devotions (p. 95)
Discipleship (p. 97)
Discussion; Argument (p. 102)
Divorce (p. 108)
Doctors of the Church (p. 108)
Ecumenism; Non-Catholics (p. 109)
Englishmen (p. 116)
Enthusiasm, Religious (Derogatory Sense) (p. 118)
Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent (p. 119)
Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (p. 123)
Eucharist: Communion in One Species (p. 128)
Evil, Problem of (p. 129)
Exegesis (of Scripture) (p. 132)
Exorcism (p. 132)
Experience, Religious (p. 133)
Faith (p. 133)
Faith and Reason (p. 139)
Faith and Works (p. 140)
Faith, “Blind” (Charge Against Catholics) (p. 140)
Fasting and Abstinence (p. 141)
Galileo (p. 141)
Geocentrist Cosmology (p. 142)
God and Moral Law (p. 144)
God’s Love (p. 144)

Grace (p. 146)

Happiness (p. 146)
Healings (p. 146)
Heaven (p. 147)
Hell (p. 148)
Heresy; Heresies (p. 152)
Hermeneutics (Interpretation of Scripture) (p. 157)
Idolatry (p. 160)
Ignorance, Invincible (p. 161)
Infidels (p. 162)
Inquisition / Temporal Punishments (p. 163)
Ireland and Irishmen (p. 164)
Jesus: Judaism and (p. 166)
Jesus: Sacred Heart Devotion (p. 166)
Joy (p. 167)
Judas (p. 168)
Judgment (p. 169)
Laity; the Faithful (p. 172)

Last Days (p. 172)

Latitudinarianism (p. 172)
Law and Gospel; Antinomianism (p. 173)
Letter to the Duke of Norfolk (p. 178)
Liberalism and Nominalism, Theological (p. 179)
Liberalism and “Progress” (Political) (p. 179)
Lies (p. 180)
Liturgy (p. 180)
Lutheranism (p. 180)

Martyrs (p. 182)
Mary, Blessed Virgin (General) (p. 183)
Mary: Devotion to; Veneration of (p. 183)
Mary: Holiness and Immaculate Conception (p. 184)
Mary, Perpetual Virginity of (p. 184)

Mary: Seat of Wisdom (p. 185)
Mary, Sufferings of (p. 186)
Materialism (Wealth for its Own Sake) (p. 187)
Matter (p. 189)
Methodism (p. 189)
Monks and Nuns (p. 191)

Music (p. 192)
Novels (p. 193)
Old Age (p. 193)

Old Catholics (Those Who Reject Papal Infallibility) (p. 195)
Ordination; Holy Orders (p. 196)
Oxford (p. 196)
Oxford University Sermons (p. 197)
Paganism and Christianity; Classics (p. 197)
Papal Infallibility (p. 201)
Papal Sins, Limitations, and Lack of Impeccability (p. 206)
Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy (p. 207)
Parochial and Plain Sermons (p. 207)
Perspicuity (Total Clearness) of Scripture (Falsity of) (p. 208)
Prayer (p. 209)
Preaching (p. 210)
Presbyterianism (p. 211)
Prophecy (p. 212)
Protestantism; Evangelicalism (p. 213)
Providence (p. 216)
Psalms (p. 218)
Purgatory (p. 218)
Rationalism (vs. Faith) (p. 219)
“Reformation” (Protestant) (p. 222)
Repentance (p. 222)
Revelation (p. 223)
Revivalism and Pietism (Excesses of) (p. 224)
Rosary, The (p. 225)
Rule of Faith / “Three-Legged Stool” (Bible-Church-Tradition) (p. 225)
Sabbath and Sunday Worship (p. 227)
Saints and Holiness (p. 228)
Saints, Invocation of (p. 233)
Salvation: Absolute Assurance of, Unattainable (p. 233)
Salvation, Moral Assurance of (p. 233)
Satire (p. 234)
Schism (p. 234)
Scholasticism; Schoolmen (p. 234)
Science and Christianity (p. 235)
Scientism (p. 246)

Scripture (p. 249)
Scripture, Inspiration of (p. 249)

Second Coming of Christ (p. 249)

Secularism (p. 250)

Sin (p. 252)
Skepticism (p. 255)
Sloganism (in Religion) (p. 256)
Superstition (p. 258)
Teleological Argument for God (Argument from Design) (p. 259)
Temptation (p. 260)
Testimony, Eyewitness (p. 261)
Theology and Theologians (p. 261)
Theosis; Deification (p. 265)
Tracts for the Times (p. 266)
Tradition (p. 269)
Transubstantiation (p. 269)
Truth (p. 270)
Universities, Catholic (p. 273)
Visions (p. 274)
Vocation (Calling) (p. 274)
Witchcraft (p. 278)
World, The (World System; Cosmos) (p. 278)
Worship (p. 280)
Writing (Books, Correspondence, Articles) (p. 280)
Writings (His Own) (p. 283)

 

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Painting of Cardinal Newman (c. 1876), by Jane Fortescue Seymour, Lady Coleridge [public domain / Wikimedia Commons]

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The portion in regular black color below was part of my original 691-page manuscript, The Quotable Newman. That was trimmed down to 415 pages for the Sophia edition (Sophia decided not to include the Index, for space’ sake), leaving many of the citations for the second volume.

I didn’t want all this work to go to waste, and decided to add the data from Vol. II, to make it complete. Even though it isn’t included in either volume, it has, I think, some usefulness in finding persons whom Cardinal Newman wrote to often, and for the factual information of their birth and death dates and conversion data, where known.
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[blue color = The Quotable Newman, Vol. II citation. All listings in black are from The Quotable Newman]
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Lord Acton (John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton) [1834-1902]
19 July 1862 (Development of Doctrine)
19 July 1862 (Inquisition)
Lord Edwin Richard Windham Adare[1812-1871]
31 August 1846 (Development of Doctrine)
31 August 1846 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)
Archdeacon John Allen [1810-1886]
8 January 1846 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)
12 April 1875 (Grace)

12 April 1875 (Scripture)

Thomas William (T. W.) Allies [1813-1903]
30 September 1842 (Fathers of the Church)
30 November 1879 (Liberalism and Nominalism; Theological)
30 November 1879 (Writing: His Own)
Mrs. Elizabeth Anstice [1807-1889]
18 December 1845 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)
18 December 1845 (Papal Infallibility)

20 December 1845 (Conversion and Converts)

Charles Appleton [1841-1879]

12 Jan. 1874 (Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent)

William Henry Archer [1825-1909]

25 Feb. 1878 (Oxford)

Arthur Arnold [1833-1902]
22 September 1872 (Papal Infallibility)
Matthew Arnold [1822-1888]
3 December 1871 (Communism)
3 December 1871 (Laity; the Faithful)
3 Jan. 1876 (Laity; the Faithful)
3 Jan. 1876 (Truth)
3 Jan. 1876 (Universities, Catholic)
Thomas Arnold [1823-1900; convert]
12 October 1862 (Fathers of the Church)
Edward Lowth Badely [1803-1868; Tractarian; received in 1852]
10 February 1842 (Heresy)
10 February 1842 (Lutheranism)
23 August 1844 (Conversion: His Own)
19 October 1845 (Conversion: His Own)
19 October 1845 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)
Bishop Richard Bagot of Oxford [1782-1854]
1841 (Baptism, Infant)
1841 (Church: “Roman Catholic”: Anglican View of)
1841 (Development of Doctrine)
1841 (Ecumenism; Non-Catholics)
1841 (Fathers of the Church)
1841 (Parochial and Plain Sermons)
1841 (Saints, Invocation of)
1841 (Tracts for the Times)
11 November 1841 (Denominationalism; Sectarianism)
George Sherston Baker [1814-1875]
9 March 1875 (Conscience)
Harmood W. Banner
8 November 1845 (Conversion: His Own)
George Slatyer Barrett [1839-1916]
13 October 1882 (Devotions)
Henry Spencer Kenrick Bellairs [b. 1840]
21 March 1882 (Science and Christianity)
Edward Bellasis [1800-1873; Tractarian; received in 1850]
16 February 1842 (Conversion: His Own)
5 August 1861 (Vocation: Calling)
20 August 1861 (Vocation: Calling)
Jan. or Feb. 1870 (Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent)
Mrs. Edward Bellasis [1815-1898]

4 Jan. 1875 (Letter to the Duke of Norfolk)Edward Bellasis, Jr. [1852-1922]7 Oct. 1874 [Conversion; His Own] 

Lady Constance Bellingham [d. 1891]

10 August 1877 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)

Henry Bittleston [1816-1886]

14 June 1882 (Papal Infallibility)

 

John Rouse Bloxam [1837-1891]

18 Jan. 1876 (Conversion; His Own)
24 July 1877 (Oxford)

Eyton Bond
5 December 1884 (Hell)
12 December 1884 (Hell)
Sister Mary Gabriel (Susan) du Boulay [1826-1906; received in 1850]
25 June 1864 (Apologia pro Vita sua)
2 January 1870 (Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent)
2 January 1870 (Writing: His Own)
Henry Bourne
13 June 1848 (Conversion: His Own)
John William (J. W.) Bowden [1798-1844; Tractarian]
5 January 1840 (Conversion: His Own)
21 February 1840 (Conversion: His Own)
29 December 1842 (Oxford University Sermons)
21 February 1844 (Conversion: His Own)
Mrs. J. W. (Elizabeth) Bowden [1805-1896; received in July 1846]
1 March 1846 (Conversion: His Own)
1 March 1846 (Eucharist)
22 March 1846 (Conversion and Converts)
22 March 1846 (Conversion: His Own)
18 April 1846 (Conversion: His Own)
27 June 1846 (Providence)
24 November 1848 (Saints and Holiness)
Marianne Frances (Maggie) Bowden [1839-1926]
5 June 1866 (Conversion and Converts)
5 June 1866 (God’s Love)
Emily Bowles [1818-1905; received in 1843]
19 May 1863 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)
1 May 1865 (Laity; the Faithful)
16 April 1866 (Conversion and Converts)
16 April 1866 (Theology and Theologians)
16 April 1866 (Writing: His Own)
11 November 1866 (Reform, Catholic)
8 January 1867 (Vocation: Calling)
30 April 1871 (Reform, Catholic)
5 January 1882 (Infidels)
15 June 1882 (Skepticism)
Lord Braye [1849-1928]
29 October 1882 (Old Age)
4 June 1884 (Vocation: Calling)
David Brown [1803-1897]
4 April 1874 (Science and Christianity)
14 Jan. 1875 (Ecumenism; Non-Catholics)
14 Jan. 1875 (Liberalism and Nominalism, Theological)
23 April 1878 (Writings; His Own) William Robert Brownlow[1830-1901]
25 October 1863 (Images)

13 April 1870 (Teleological Argument)

Miss Emily Buchanan

16 April 1875 (Conversion and Converts)

Reginald Buckler, O. P.[1840-1927; received in 1855]
15 April 1870 (Mary: Holiness and Immaculate Conception)
15 April 1870 (Papal Infallibility)
15 April 1870 (Theology and Theologians)
Frederick Capes [1816-1888]
2 December 1849 (Hell)
16 September 1850 (Science and Christianity)
14 November 1850 (Science and Christianity)
John Moore (J. M.) Capes [1812-1889; received in 1845, left the Church but later returned]
14 December 1848 (Protestantism; Evangelicalism)
14 December 1848 (Purgatory)
12 September 1872 (Papal Infallibility)
C. C. Catcliffe
6 January 1867 (Anglicanism)
Ulric Edmund Emmanuel Charlton [1855-1917]
2 October 1883 (Paganism and Christianity)
Lady Chatterton (Henrietta Georgiana Marcia Lascelles) [1806-1876]

26 May 1874 (Novels)
Mrs. Lydia Rose Christie [received in 1879]
5 November 1879 (Conversion and Converts)
29 December 1881 (Discussion; Argument)
Richard William (R. W.) Church [1815-1890; Tractarian]
24 December 1841 (Anglicanism)
24 December 1841 (Conversion: His Own)
25 December 1841 (Anglicanism)
23 April 1864 (Apologia pro Vita sua)
26 April 1864 (Apologia pro Vita sua)
2 May 1864 (Apologia pro Vita sua)
11 July 1865 (Music)
12 April 1875 (Ecumenism; Non-Catholics) 
11 March 1879 (Cardinalate: His Own)
Mrs. William Robinson Clark
22 Nov. 1875 (Conversion and Converts)
31 Dec. 1875 (Conversion and Converts) 

27 Sep. 1876 (Papal Infallibility)  Bishop William Joseph Hugh Clifford of Clifton [1823-1893]

3 October 1883 (Scripture)
Robert Aston (R. A.) Coffin [1819-1885; received in Dec. 1845]

27 October 1848 (Writing)

 

Sir Henry Cole [1808-1882]

23 Oct. 1877 (Paganism and Christianity; Classics)

Edward Coleridge [1800-1883]
12 November 1844 (Conversion: His Own)
16 November 1844 (Conversion: His Own)
3 July 1845 (Conversion: His Own)
5 Nov. 1877 (Writings: His Own)
Henry James Coleridge [1822-1893]
26 April 1867 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)
13 March 1870 (Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent)
5 February 1871 (Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent)
5 February 1871 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)
5 February 1871 (Old Age)
John Coleridge [1820-1894]
18 March 1884 (Writings: His Own)


Sir William Henry Cope [1811-1883]

10 December 1871 (Papal Infallibility)
13 February 1875 (Apologia pro Vita sua)
13 February 1875 (Papal Infallibility)
William John Copeland [1804-1885; Tractarian]
19 April 1864 (Apologia pro Vita sua)
20 April 1873 (Discussion; Argument)
5 April 1874 (Writings; His Own)
Augustus Craven
13 April 1875 (Development of Doctrine)
A. H. Cullen
12 July 1877 (Church, Sinners in)
12 July 1877 (Judgment)
John Dobrée (J. D.) Dalgairns [1818-1876; Tractarian; received in Sep. 1845]
10 December 1845 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)
15 November 1846 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)
8 December 1846 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)

31 December 1846 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)

 

Margaret Dalrymple 

10 April 1874  (Eucharist: Communion in One Species)

O’Neill Daunt
7 August 1870 (Papal Infallibility)
Shirley Day
27 September 1884 (Anglicanism)
William Dodsworth [1798-1861; received in 1850]
19 November 1839 (Conversion and Converts)
27 December 1841 (Conversion: His Own)
Sir James John Louis Donnet [1816-1905]
5 May 1883 (Witchcraft)
George T. Edwards
8 November 1882 (Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction)
8 November 1882 (Sacraments)
15 April 1883 (Atonement)
2 June 1883 (Gospel; Good News)
2 June 1883 (Salvation)
9 June 1883 (Crucifixes)

24 February 1887 (Ecumenism; Non-Catholics)

 

Thomas Edwards

15 April 1875 (Papal Infallibility)

Edgar Edmund (Canon) Estcourt [1816-1884; received in Dec. 1845]
2 June 1860 (Conversion and Converts)
Frederick William Faber [1814-1863; received in Nov. 1845]

4 October 1848 (Tractarianism)John Finlayson [1840-1906]

3 October 1874 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)
9 March 1875 (Theology and Theologians) 

John Cowley Fisher [1807-1887]

22 April 1875 (Ecumenism; Non-Catholics)


John Woulfe Flanagan [1852-1929]

10 February 1881 (Writing)

William Foran

16 Oct. 1876 (Papal Infallibility)

Henry Formby [1816-1884; received in Jan. 1846]

19 or 20 October 1848 (Liberalism and Nominalism; Theological)

Robert E. Forsaith

25 Dec. 1876 (Devotions) 
25 Dec. 1876 (Mary: Devotion to; Veneration of)

George Fottrell
10 December 1873 (Laity; the Faithful)
Mrs. William (Catherine) Froude [1809 or 1810-1878; received in 1857]
5 April 1839 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)
9 April 1844 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)
9 June 1844 (Conversion: His Own)
1 June 1845 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)
10 June 1845 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)
10 June 1845 (Writing: His Own)
16 June 1848 (Anglicanism)
16 June 1848 (Conversion and Converts)
16 June 1848 (Eucharistic Adoration and Benediction)
16 June 1848 (Saints, Intercession of)
27 June 1848 (Faith)
27 June 1848 (Faith and Works)
2 January 1855 (Devotions)
2 January 1855 (Mary: Devotion to; Veneration of)
8 August 1870 (Papal Infallibility)
March 1871 (Development of Doctrine)
March 1871 (Mary: Holiness and Immaculate Conception)
March 1871 (Papal Infallibility)
c. Oct. 1871 (Papal Infallibility)
9 July 1876 (Old Age)
Eliza Margaret (Isy) Froude [1840-1931]24 April 1875 (Church, Infallibility of) 
24 April 1875 (Papal Infallibility) 
28 July 1875 (Papal Infallibility) 
28 July 1875 (Perspicuity [Total Clearness] of Scripture [Falsity of])

15 March 1877 (God and Moral Law)
24 Nov. 1878 (Satire)

William Froude [1810-1879]
11 August 1851 (Confession)
16 April 1879 (Discussion; Argument)
29 April 1879 (Development of Doctrine)
29 April 1879 (Papal Infallibility)
29 April 1879 (Science and Christianity)
Lady Georgiana Fullerton [1812-1885]
21 October 1864 (Papal Infallibility)
10 Nov. 1874 (Old Age)
10 Nov. 1874 (Writing; His Own)
19 Jan. 1975 (Apologetics and Evangelism)
Charles Wellington (Canon) Furse [1821-1900]
2 May 1870 (Absolution)
29 August 1873 (Conversion: His Own)
Miss Maria Rosina (M. R.) de Giberne (Sister Maria Pia after 1863) [1802-1885; received in Dec. 1845]
7 November 1844 (Conversion: His Own)
8 January 1845 (Conversion: His Own)
30 March 1845 (Conversion: His Own)
28 January 1846 (Conversion: His Own)
2 February 1846 (Conversion and Converts)
11 February 1846 (The Church: Ecclesiology)
6 June 1848 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)
10 February 1869 (Cardinalate: His Own)
10 February 1869 (Theology and Theologians)

25 July 1876 (Prayer)

22 January 1878 (Angels)

William Ewart Gladstone [1809-1898]

26 Feb. 1875 (Conversion; His Own] 

William Philip Gordon [1827-1900]

28 Feb. 1876 (Prayer)

Miss H.
31 December 1850 (Art)
Mother Margaret Mary Hallahan [1802-1868]
25 June 1864 (Apologia pro Vita sua)
Anthony John (A. J.) Hanmer [1817-1907; received in Dec. 1849]
11 December 1845 (Conversion and Converts)
10 February 1848 (Anglicanism)
10 February 1848 (Conversion and Converts)
10 February 1848 (Conversion: His Own)
10 February 1848 (Faith)
Thomas Norton Harper, S. J. [1821-1893]
18 February 1864 (Discussion; Argument)
John Hayes
13 April 1869 (Writing: His Own)
Lady Herbert of Lea [1822-1911]
29 June 1874 (Conversion and Converts) 

28 April 1875 (Conversion and Converts)
6 October 1879 (Skepticism)

Lady (Margaret) Heywood [received in 1876]15 Nov. 1875 (Conversion and Converts) 
8 March 1876 (Faith and Reason) 
8 March 1876 (Church, The [Ecclesiology])  Edmond G. A. Holmes [1850-1936]

13 Aug. 1875 (Scientism)

Miss Mary Holmes [c. 1815-1878; received in 1844]
15 August 1841 (Conversion and Converts)
15 August 1841 (Saints, Invocation of)
6 December 1841 (Eucharist)
1 August 1842  (Conversion and Converts)
8 February 1843 (Conversion: His Own)
7 April 1850 (Orthodoxy)
31 July 1850 (Grace)
31 July 1850 (Mary: Intercessor, Mediatrix, and Spiritual Mother)
18 November 1859 (Writing: His Own)
17 October 1861 (Purgatory)
2 March 1870 (Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent)
2 March 1870 (Writing: His Own)
15 May 1871 (Papal Infallibility)
7 August 1874 (Music)
24 Feb. 1875 (Salvation: Absolute Assurance of, Unattainable)

24 Feb. 1875 (Salvation, Moral Assurance of)

James Robert (J. R.) Hope (Hope-Scott after 1853) [1812-1873; received in 1851]
17 October 1841 (Conversion: His Own)
19 November 1841 (Conversion and Converts)
24 November 1841 (Conversion: His Own)
2 December 1841 (Conversion: His Own)
14 May 1845 (Conversion: His Own)
10 June 1845 (Conversion: His Own)
23 December 1845 (Providence)
2 May 1864 (Apologia pro Vita sua)

11 April 1867 (Papal Infallibility)

Hope-Scott, Mary Monica [1852-1920]

28 April 1875 (Old Age)

Gerard Manley Hopkins [1844-1889; received in 1866]
3 March 1887 (Ireland and Irishmen)
Vincent Joseph Hornyold, S. J. [1849-1929]
6 April 1879 (Providence)
Lord Edward Howard of Glossop [1818-1883]
27 April 1872 (Councils, Ecumenical)
27 April 1872 (Papal Infallibility)
27 April 1872 (Trent, Council of)
Baron Friedrich von Hügel [1852-1925]
15 Jan. 1875 (Writings; His Own)

12 July 1877 (Evil, Problem of)

Arthur Wollaston Hutton [1848-1912]
20 August 1879 (Writing: His Own)
Richard Holt Hutton [1826-1897]
12 October 1883 (Papal Sins, Limitations, and lack of Impeccability)
12 October 1883 (Reform, Catholic)
Père Hyacinthe
24 November 1870 (Papal Infallibility)
24 November 1870 (Schism)
R. W. Jelf
1841 (Anglicanism)
1841 (Apologetics and Evangelism)
1841 (Church: “Roman Catholic”: Anglican View of)
1841 (Images)
1841 (Saints, Invocation of)
1841 (Trent, Council of)
Robert Charles Jenkins [1815-1896]
25 Feb. 1875 (Papal Infallibility) 
2 Dec. 1875 (Papal Sins, Limitations, and Lack of Impeccability) 
2 Dec. 1875 (Rule of Faith)
24 July 1876 (Church, Indefectibility of) 
27 Feb. 1877 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)
11 January 1879 (Mary: Assumption of)
James Jones, S. J. [1829-1893]
22 Jan. 1875 (Writing: His Own)
2 April 1881 (Writing: His Own)
John Keble [1792-1866; Tractarian]
24 October 1841 (Conversion: His Own)
26 December 1841 (Anglicanism)
14 March 1843 (Conversion: His Own)
4 May 1843 (Conversion: His Own)
4 May 1843 (Papal Infallibility)
18 May 1843 (Conversion: His Own)
20 August 1843 (Writing: His Own)
6 September 1843 (Conversion: His Own)
23 January 1844 (Conversion: His Own)
26 February 1844 (Idolatry)
8 June 1844 (Conversion: His Own)
13 June 1844 (Conversion: His Own)
21 November 1844 (Conversion: His Own)
15 August 1863 (Angels)

27 April 1864 (Apologia pro Vita sua)

Lady Henry Kerr [1811-1884]

4 Jan. 1875 (Letter to the Duke of Norfolk

James Knowles [1831-1908]

7 April 1875 (Papal Infallibility)

Mrs. Frederick George Lee [1838-1890]
2 April 1881 (Saints, Communion of; Veneration of)
William Leigh, Jr. [1829-1906]
24 November 1873 (Paganism and Christianity)
Pope Leo XIII [1810-1903; became pope in 1878]
August 1879 (Apologetics and Evangelism)
William Samuel (W. S.) Lilly [1840-1919]
23 Jan. 1875 (Ordination; Holy Orders) 
25 July 1876 (Science and Christianity)
7 December 1882 (Science and Christianity)
17 August 1884 (Tradition, Apostolic)
Ambrose Phillipps de Lisle [1809-1878]
April or May 1870 (Papal Infallibility)
24 July 1870 (Papal Infallibility)
6 Nov. 1874 (Papal Infallibility)

9 Jan. 1875 (Letter to the Duke of Norfolk)

12 February 1875 (Teleological Argument)
12 March 1875 (Church, The [Ecclesiology] )
21 May 1876 (Truth)
Richard Frederick Littledale [1833-1890]
9 March 1879 (Discussion; Argument)
Mrs. Alexander (Martha) Lockhart [c. 1798-1872; received in July 1846]
26 June 1846 (Conversion: His Own)
26 June 1846 (Ecumenism; Non-Catholics)
Frederick Lucas [1812-1855; received in 1839]
20 January 1848 (Anglicanism)
20 January 1848  (Discussion; Argument)
20 January 1848 (Englishmen)
William Rowe (W. R.) Lyall [1788-1857]

16 July 1842 (Anglicanism)

Archibald MacCall [1852-1926; received in 1875]

27 April 1874 (Anglicanism)
27 April 1874 (Conversion and  Converts)

Malcolm MacColl [1831-1907]

6 March 1875 (Councils, Ecumenical)

Henry Edward Cardinal Manning [1808-1892; received in 1851; bishop in 1865 and Cardinal in 1875]
14 October 1843 (Conversion: His Own)
25 October 1843 (Conversion: His Own)
24 December 1843 (Conversion: His Own)
William Maskell [1814-1890; received in June 1870]
15 February 1876 (Papal Infallibility)
15 February 1876 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)
Mrs. Maskell
6 January 1877 (Liberalism and Nominalism; Theological)
Mr. McGhee
28 April 1842 (Discussion; Argument)
Charles Meynell [1828-1882]

27 July 1869 (Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent)

C. R. Miller

22 April 1875 (Perspicuity [Total Clearness] of  Scripture [Falsity of])

William Monsell [1812-1892; received in 1850 (later, Lord Emly)]
17 June 1863 (Church and State; Caesaropapism; Erastianism)
9 Oct. 1874 (Papal Infallibility)
30 April 1877 (Church, Indefectibility of)
Robert Monteith [1812-1884; received in 1846]

21 July 1848 (Anglicanism)

Edward Moore [1835-1916]

16 June 1878 (Purgatory)

Bishop David Moriarty [1814-1877]
Early 1870 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)

20 March 1870 (Papal Infallibility)

John Morley [1838-1923]

20 Nov. 1877 (Writings; His Own)

Anne Mozley [1809-1891; sister-in-law of Newman’s sisters]
30 Dec. 1874 (Conversion; His Own) 
25 April 1876 (Old Age)
6 July 1878 (Discussion; Argument) 
6 July 1878 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)
1 March 1879 (Cardinalate: His Own)
Harriett (Mrs. Thomas) Mozley [1803-1852; oldest of Newman’s sisters]
29 September 1843 (Conversion: His Own)
Henry Williams Mozley
25 July 1879 (Cardinalate: His Own)
James Bowling (J. B.) Mozley [1813-1878]
1 September 1843 (Conversion: His Own)
24 November 1843 (Conversion: His Own)
2 April 1845 (Conversion: His Own)
Jemima (Mrs. John) Mozley [1808-1879; Newman’s second eldest sister]
25 February 1840 (Conversion: His Own)
15 March 1841 (Writing: His Own)
16 November 1841 (Conversion and Converts)
28 August 1843 (Conversion: His Own)
22 September 1843 (Conversion: His Own)
21 May 1844 (Conversion: His Own)
24 November 1844 (Conversion: His Own)
December 1844 (Conversion: His Own)
22 December 1844 (Conversion: His Own)
11 February 1845 (Conversion and Converts)
15 March 1845 (Conversion: His Own)
17 August 1845 (Writing: His Own)
9 October 1845 (Conversion: His Own)
14 October 1845 (Conversion: His Own)
2 December 1848 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)
18 May 1863 (Writing)
18 May 1863 (Writing: His Own)
John Rickards Mozley [1840-1931; son of John and Jemima Mozley; Newman’s nephew]
19 April 1874 (Church, Sinners in)
19 April 1874 (Science and Christianity) 
19 April 1874 (Scientism) 
1 April 1875 (Church and Social Change)
1 April 1875 (Evil, Problem of)
1 April 1875 (Faith and Reason) 
4 April 1875 (Atheism and Agnosticism)
4 April 1875 (Church, Sinners in)
4 April 1875 (Inquisition / Temporal Punishments)
4 April 1875 (Papal Sins, Limitations, and Lack of Impeccability)

21 April 1875 (Denominationalism; Sectarianism)
21 April 1875 (Church, Sinners in)
3 Dec. 1875 (Church, The [Ecclesiology])
3 Dec. 1875 (Paganism and Christianity; Classics)
10 Nov. 1877 (Materialism [Wealth for its Own Sake])
10 Nov. 1877 (Science and Christianity) 
10 March 1878 (Discussion; Argument)

26 February 1880 (Beatific Vision)
24 October 1881 (Ireland and Irishmen)
March 1884 (God’s Love)
Thomas Mozley [1806-1893]
7 March 1841 (Tracts for the Times)
Miss G. Munro [c. 1823-c. 1913; received in Nov. 1845]
11 February 1850 (Saints and Holiness)
J. J. Murphy
1 June 1873 (Ecumenism; Non-Catholics)
1 June 1873 (Total Depravity)
C. J. Myers

25 February 1844 (Conversion: His Own)

J. H. Willis Nevins 

19 June 1874 (Church, Infallibility of) 
25 June 1874 (Church, Infallibility of) 
25 June 1874 (Mary: Holiness and Immaculate Conception)

Francis William Newman [1805-1897; Newman’s youngest brother]
18 January 1860 (Atheism and Agnosticism)
18 January 1860 (Conversion and Converts)
Duke of Norfolk (Henry Fitzalan Howard) [1847-1917]
20 February 1879 (Cardinalate: His Own)
16 May 1879 (Angels)
1 January 1880 (Writing: His Own)
James Spencer Northcote [1821-1907; received in Jan. 1846]
8 February 1846 (Conversion: His Own)
8 February 1846 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)

20 Sep. 1874 (Doctors of the Church)
20 Sep. 1874 (Saints and Holiness)

John William Ogle [1824-1905]
 
4 January 1882 (Teleological Argument)
P. Sprague Oram
6 May 1884 (Grace)
Miss (Jane) Parker
9 October 1846 (Conversion: His Own)
Mrs. Pearson

1 April 1881 (Saints, Communion of; Veneration of)

William Goodenough Penny [1815-1885]
20 May 1878 (Scripture, Inspiration of)

A. P. Perceval

12 March 1841 (Tracts for the Times)

Alfred Reginald Perring
29 March 1879 (Conversion: His Own)
E. J. Phipps
3 July 1848 (Anglicanism)
3 July 1848 (The Church: Ecclesiology)
3 July 1848 (Conversion: His Own)
3 July 1848 (Discussion; Argument)
Sister Maria Pia

[see Miss Maria Rosina (M. R.) de Giberne]

Basil Montague Pickering [1835-1878]

23 Oct. 1877 (Papal Infallibility)

John Julius Plumer [1814-1875; received in 1846]
 

19 June 1846 (Ecumenism; Non-Catholics)

Alfred Plummer [1841-1926]

21 Feb. 1876 (Liberalism and Nominalism, Theological) 
17 Oct. 1876 (Discussion; Argument)
4 March 1878 (Oxford)

Charles John Plumptre [1818-1887]7 June 1874 (Englishmen)
Edward Hayes Plumptre [1821-1891]
14 September 1884 (Faith and Reason)

Mrs. John Podmore

12 Feb. 1875 (Papal Infallibility)

Mother Mary Imelda Poole [1815-1881]
25 June 1864 (Apologia pro Vita sua)
2 April 1866 (Mary: Devotion to; Veneration of)
Jan. or Feb. 1870 (Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent)
March 1879 (Cardinalate: His Own)
Simeon Lloyd (S. L.) Pope [1802-1855]
4 September 1842 (Anglicanism)
4 September 1842 (Conversion and Converts)
Edward Bouverie Pusey [1800-1882; Tractarian]
20 March 1841? (Creation; Nature)
16 October 1842 (Conversion: His Own)
19 February 1844 (Conversion: His Own)
25 February 1845 (Conversion: His Own)
14 March 1845 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)
21 February 1846 (Conversion and Converts)
5 September 1865 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)
5 September 1865 (Mary: Devotion to; Veneration of)
17 November 1865 (Papal Infallibility)
23 March 1867 (Beatific Vision)
23 March 1867 (Doctrine; Dogma)
23 March 1867 (Galileo)
23 March 1867 (Papal Infallibility)
23 March 1867 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)
23 March 1867 (Rule of Faith)
20 April 1874 (Writings; His Own)
4 January 1879 (Hell)
Peter le Page Renouf [1822-1897]
21 June 1868 (Papal Infallibility)
Samuel Rickards [1796-1865]
1 December 1841 (Conversion: His Own)
1 December 1841 (Writing: His Own)
Frederick Rogers (Lord Blachford after 1871) [1811-1889; Tractarian]
22 September 1839 (Conversion: His Own)
25 November 1840 (Conversion: His Own)
10 January 1841 (Discussion; Argument)
22 April 1864 (Apologia pro Vita sua)
1 May 1864 (Apologia pro Vita sua)
3 June 1874 (Apologetics and Evangelism) 
11 April 1875 (Letter to the Duke of Norfolk
11 April 1875 (Old Age)
7 Nov. 1875 (Skepticism) 
17 Nov. 1875 (Matter) 
11 Dec. 1877 (Skepticism)
Miss Rowe
21 June 1874 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)
3 Sep. 1874 (Transubstantiation)
7 March 1875 (Temptation)
Charles William Russell [1812-1880]
13 April 1841 (Saints, Communion of; Veneration of)
20 February 1848 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)

12 April 1874 (Oxford) 
9 April 1875 (Theology and Theologians)

George Dudley Ryder [1810-1880; received in 1846]
22 July 1832 (Celibacy)
George Lisle Ryder [1838-1905; Newman’s godson]
20 March 1879 (Cardinalate: His Own)
Henry Ignatius Dudley Ryder [1837-1907]
25 April 1879 (Providence)
Mrs. George (Sophia Lucy) Ryder [1814-1850]
28 March 1848 (Mary: Devotion to; Veneration of)
Marquise de Salvo [b.c. 1815; received in Feb. 1846]
14 December 1845 (Conversion: His Own)
18 December 1845 (Conversion and Converts)
18 August 1846 (Apologetics and Evangelism)
18 August 1846 (Conversion and Converts)
11 June 1848 (Mary: Devotion to; Veneration of)

11 June 1848 (Rosary)

John Douglas Sandford [1832-1892; received in ?]

21 Oct. 1876 (Church, Infallibility of)
21 Oct. 1876 (Development of Doctrine)
21 Oct. 1876 (Ignorance, Invincible)
21 Oct. 1876 (Mary: Holiness and Immaculate Conception)

21 Oct. 1876 (Purgatory)
21 Oct. 1876 (Rule of Faith)
31 Oct. 1876 (Rule of Faith)
6 May 1877 (Mary,  Blessed Virgin [General])
6 May 1877 (Mary, Perpetual Virginity of) 
6 May 1877 (Theosis; Deification)
22 May 1878 (Mary: Devotion to; Veneration of)

Mrs. Sconce

19 Aug. 1875 (Divorce) 

James Scratton [1825-1884; received in 1851]

6 Sep. 1876 (Science and Christianity)

Lady (Maria Theresa) Shrewsbury [d. 1856]
29 April 1848 (Conversion: His Own)
Lady (Louisa Edith) Simeon [1843-1895]
10 November 1867 (Papal Infallibility)
25 June 1869 (Apologetics and Evangelism)
8 March 1879 (Cardinalate: His Own)
A. Spurrier
11 December 1886 (Church, Sinners in)
Henry Stacke
9 February 1875 (Papal Infallibility)
12 February 1875 (Papal Infallibility)

12 February 1875 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)

James Fitzjames Stephen [1829-1894]

14 Feb. 1876 (Discussion; Argument)

Miss Maria Trench [1828-1917]
8 September 1875 (Writing: His Own)
Archbishop William Bernard Ullathorne [1806-1889; became a bishop in 1850]
2 November 1848 (Conversion: His Own)
2 November 1848 (Saints and Holiness)
8 January 1867 (Discussion; Argument)
28 January 1870 (Councils, Ecumenical)
28 January 1870 (Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent)
28 January 1870 (Papal Infallibility)
2 February 1879 (Cardinalate: His Own)
Aubrey de Vere [1814-1902; received in 1851]
31 August 1870 (Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent)
John Thomas Walford, S. J. [1834-1894]
19 May 1870 (Anglicanism)
John Walker [1817-1878]
2 November 1847 (Development of Doctrine)
William (Canon) Walker [1820-1893]
5 August 1864 (Writing: His Own)
10 November 1867 (Councils, Ecumenical)
J. L. Walton
9 September 1880 (Indulgences)
9 September 1880 (Purgatory)
Catherine Ward [c. 1813-1897; received in July 1849]
25 September 1848 (Ecumenism; Non-Catholics)
25 September 1848 (Tractarianism)
12 October 1848 (Tractarianism)
18 November 1848 (Church, Infallibility of)
18 November 1848 (Crucifixes)
18 November 1848 (Development of Doctrine)
18 November 1848 (Doctrine; Dogma)
18 November 1848 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)
18 November 1848 (Mary: Devotion to; Veneration of)
18 November 1848 (Rosary)
30 November 1848 (Denominationalism; Sectarianism)
19 December 1848 (Conversion: His Own)
19 December 1848 (Protestantism; Evangelicalism)
Wilfrid Philip Ward [1856-1916]
30 and 31 January 1885 (Apologetics and Evangelism)
31 January 1885 (Miracles)
31 January 1885 (Protestantism; Evangelicalism)
William George Ward [1812-1882; Tractarian; received in Sep. 1845]
15 March 1862 (Writing: His Own)
18 February 1866 (Papal Infallibility)

18 February 1866 (Theology and Theologians)

Mrs. Francis. J. (Eleanor) Watt 

9 July 1876 (Angels) 

Samuel William Wayte [1819-1898]

15 Dec. 1877 (Oxford)

Richard Westmacott [1799-1872]
11 July 1845 (Conversion: His Own)
Archbishop Richard Whately [1787-1863]
11 November 1834 (Conversion: His Own)
Joseph Whitaker [1820-1895]
23 June 1884 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)
Robert Whitty, S. J. [1817-1895]
12 April 1870 (Papal Infallibility)
24 March 1878 (Cardinalate: His Own)
20 Dec. 1878 (Theology and Theologians)

Agnes Wilberforce [1845-1890]5 March 1878 (Psalms)

Henry William Wilberforce [1807-1873; received in August 1850]
27 April 1845 (Conversion: His Own)
27 January 1846 (Conversion: His Own)
10 March 1846 (Conversion and Converts)
29 May 1846 (Conversion and Converts)
8 June 1846 (Anglicanism)
8 June 1846 (Mass, Sacrifice of)
8 June 1846 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)
10 June 1846 (Antiquity: The Early Church)
25 June 1846 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)
25 June 1846 (Saints and Holiness)
4 July 1846 (Papal Supremacy and Petrine Primacy)
24 September 1846 (Worship)
12 January 1848 (Mary, Blessed Virgin)
19 January 1848 (Tractarianism)
30 November 1848 (Conversion: His Own)
7 March 1849 (Anglicanism)
7 March 1849 (Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine)
28 December 1850 (Discussion; Argument)
24 August 1864 (Conversion and Converts)
16 April 1867 (Laity; the Faithful)
21 July 1867 (Papal Infallibility)
20 August 1869 (Vocation: Calling)
Robert Isaac Wilberforce [1802-1857; Tractarian; received in 1854]
16 November 1844 (Conversion: His Own)
Mrs. Henry William Wilberforce (Mary Sargent) [1811-1878; received in June 1850]
17 November 1834 (Church: “Roman Catholic”: Anglican View of)
17 November 1834 (Conversion: His Own)
17 November 1834 (Eucharist)
17 November 1834 (Mass, Sacrifice of)
17 November 1834 (Purgatory)
17 November 1834 (Saints, Communion of; Veneration of)

9 Jan. 1875 (Letter to the Duke of Norfolk)

Samuel Charles Wilks [1789-1872]
8 November 1845 (Anglicanism)
Mrs. Margaret A. Wilson [convert]
20 October 1870 (Papal Infallibility)
1 June 1874 (Writings; His Own)
3 August 1874 (Faith)
3 August 1874 (Liberalism and Nominalism, Theological)
21 Feb. 1875 (Faith and Works)
Nicholas Patrick Stephen Cardinal Wiseman [1802-1865; bishop and Cardinal in 1850]
6 April 1841 (Ecumenism; Non-Catholics)

4 October 1849 (Conversion: His Own)

Charlotte Wood

5 Nov. 1874 (Truth)
11 Jan. 1875 (Papal Infallibility)

Samuel Francis (S. F.) Wood [1809-1843]
6 December 1841 (Conversion: His Own)
13 December 1841 (Conversion: His Own)
13 December 1841 (Eucharist)
Miss Henrietta Woodgate

11 May 1881 (Vocation: Calling)

Henry Arthur Woodgate [1801-1874]

10 Jan. 1874 (Angels) 
13 Feb. 1874 (Confession)

Clarence E. Woodman [1852-1924; received in July 1875]

11 May 1875 (Church, Infallibility of)

11 May 1875 (Lies)

Mrs. Albon Woodroffe

16 August 1873 (Conversion: His Own)

Alice J. Wotherspoon

27 July 1875 (Ecumenism; Non-Catholics)

X. Y., Esq.
8 January 1864 (Anti-Catholicism [Prejudice])
J. R. Young
18 May 1881 (Idolatry)
18 May 1881 (Mary, Blessed Virgin)
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Misc.

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Introduction and Sources

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This collection is devoted to documentation of examples of “distinctively Catholic” theological beliefs or doctrines in the Eastern Church fathers; that is (very broadly speaking, or generalizing), ones in harmony with historic Catholic teaching but differing in some way from one or more strains of Protestant theology (including liberal theology) or Eastern Orthodox views.
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Quotations will be drawn from the “Three Holy Hierarchs” of Eastern Christian Tradition: St. Basil the Great (c. 330-379, abbreviated as “B”), St. John Chrysostom (c. 345-407, “JC”), and St. Gregory Nazianzen (c. 330-c. 390, “G”). St. Athanasius (c. 297-373, “A”) is usually added to this list, and these are the Four Great Eastern Doctors of the Church.
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Additionally, the following four fathers are included: St. Cyril of Alexandria (c. 376-444, “CA”), St. Ephraim [or, Ephrem] of Syria (c. 306-373, “E”), St. Cyril of Jerusalem (c. 315-387, “CJ”), and St. John Damascene [or, John of Damascus] (c. 676-749, “JD”). All eight men are designated as “Doctors” of the Catholic Church.
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Quotations are drawn from the public domain works listed below; using the abbreviations in quotation marks, as a quick reference. All of these sources are found online at the magnificent Christian Classics Ethereal Library website. I am greatly indebted to it for making the compilation of this book far easier than it would have been, prior to the Internet.
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Early Church Fathers: Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers Series 1 [“NPNF1-”] (Philip Schaff, editor, Edinburgh, 1889, 14 volumes).
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Early Church Fathers: Nicene & Post-Nicene Fathers Series 2 [“NPNF2-”] (Philip Schaff and Henry Wace, editors, Edinburgh, 1900, 14 volumes).
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A Library of Fathers of the Holy Catholic Church, Anterior to the Division of the East and West, Translated by Members of the English Church [“LFC43” / “LFC47” / “LFC48”] (Oxford: James Parker & Co. / Rivingtons, 1881; Volumes 43, 47, and 48).
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Commentary on Luke [“CL”] (St. Cyril of Alexandria, translated by R. Payne Smith, Oxford University Press, 1859).

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S. Ephraim’s Prose Refutations of Mani, Marcion and Bardaisan, by C. W. Mitchell, Vol. 1 of 2 [“EPR”] (London: Williams and Norgate / William Clowes & Sons, Ltd., 1912).

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St. John Damascene on Holy Images, Followed by Three Sermons on the Assumption [“JDHI” / “JDA”] (translated by Mary H. Allies, London: Thomas Baker, 1898).

Index of Topics

Abortion 9
Absolution 9
Almsgiving 10
Angels, Guardian 11
Angels, Veneration of 11
Apostasy (Falling Away from the Faith or Salvation) 13
Apostolic Deposit 15
Apostolic Succession 15
Atonement, Universal 18
Baptism and Being “Born Again” 22
Baptism and Grace 23
Baptism and Justification / Sanctification 24
Baptism and Salvation 25
Baptism, Infant 28
Baptism, Method or Mode of 29
Baptism of Blood 29
Baptism of Desire 30
Baptism, Schismatic or Heretical 31
Baptismal Regeneration 31
Bishops and Church Government 35
Caesaropapism, Falsity of 37
Celibacy and Consecrated Virginity 38
Children, Salvation of 40
Church and Salvation 41
Church: Authority of 41
Church, Catholic 41
Church, Holy Mother 43
Church, Indefectibility of 43
Church, Infallibility of 43
Church: One “True” 44
Church, Sinners in 45
Concupiscence 45
Confirmation, Sacrament of 45
Conscience, Examination of 46
Contraception; Contralife Will 46
Councils, Ecumenical 47
Creeds 49
Cross, Sign of the 49
Crucifixes 51
Dead: Almsgiving for 52
Dead: Masses for 54
Dead: Prayer for 56
Demons 57
Denominationalism; Sectarianism 58
Development (of Doctrine) 60
Dissent (from Catholicism) 61
Eucharist and Grace 61
Eucharist and Salvation 62
Eucharist: Closed Communion 65
Eucharist: Real Substantial Presence 66
Eucharist: Transubstantiation 74
Eucharistic Adoration 76
Evangelical Counsels 76
Evil 78
Excommunication 79
Exorcism 80
Faith Alone (Falsity of) / Antinomianism 81
Faith and Reason 86
Faith and Works 87
Fasting and Abstinence 94
Free Will 94
Free Will and God’s Foreknowledge 98
God: Anthropomorphism 100
God: Anthropopathism 101
God: Circumincession / Coinherence / Perichoresis 102
God: Creation Ex Nihilo 105
God: Goodness of 106
God: Holy Spirit / Filioque Issue 106
God: Immutability, Simplicity, and Self-Sufficiency 113
God: Omnipotence of 117
God: Omnipresence of 118
God: Omniscience of 120
God: Outside of Time 120
God, Providence of 121
God: Sustainer of Creation 123
God the Father: Invisible in His Essence 125
God the Father: Monarchia / Principatus of 127
Gospel, The 131
Grace: Degrees or Greater Measure of 131
Grace, Irresistible (Falsity of) 131
Hardening of the Heart 132
Healing 133
Hell (Eternal Punishment) 134
Heresy; Heretics 134
Hermits 138
Holy Days 138
Holy Items 138
Holy Places; Shrines 139
Images, Icons, and Statues: Use and Veneration of 140
Indulgences 144
Jesus Christ: Supposed “Ignorance” of Certain Matters 145
Justification, Infused (Sanctification) 149
Justification, Ongoing / Multiple 153
Lent 154
Marriage: Sacrament 155
Mary: Bodily Assumption of 155
Mary: Mother of God (Theotokos) 157
Mary: New Eve; Second Eve 163
Mary: Perpetual Virginity of 163
Mary: Sinlessness 165
Mary: Veneration of 167
Mary: Virginity In Partu (During Childbirth) 168
Mass, Daily 169
Mass, Sacrifice of 170
Mass, Sacrifice of (and the Crucifixion) 172
Merit 173
Monks and Nuns 176
Mortification and Self-Denial 176
Original Sin; Fall of Man 178
Orthodoxy (Correct Beliefs) 179
Paganism and Christianity 181
Papacy; Popes; Papal Primacy 182
Paul and Peter 185
Penance / Temporal Punishment of Sins 185
Peter: Primacy of 191
Peter: Successors of (as Popes) 195
Prayer (of the Righteous) 196
Priests: Alter Christus 196
Priests; Sacrament of Holy Orders 196
Priests and “Call No Man ‘Father’” 199
Procreation 200
Purgatory; Preparation for Heaven in the Afterlife (and This Life) 200
Rationalism (in Opposition to Faith) 201
Relics 201
Reprobation; Causes of Damnation 206
Roman Primacy 208
Rule of Faith / “Three-Legged Stool” (Bible-Church-Tradition) 214
Sacraments 218
Sacraments and Salvation 219
Sacraments: Ex Opere Operato 219
Saints: Awareness of and Contact with This World 220
Saints, Communion of 220
Saints, Imitation of 222
Saints, Invocation and Intercession of 224
Saints, Veneration of 225
Salvation and Works 233
Salvation, Instant (Falsity of) 237
Salvation, Moral Assurance of 240
Satan 241
Schism; Separation 244
Scripture: Canon of 246
Scripture: Deuterocanon 246
Scripture: Hermeneutics (Interpretation) 254
Scripture: Inerrancy and Infallibility 255
Scripture: Inspiration of 256
Scripture: Old Testament 258
Scripture: Perspicuity (Clearness of) 260
Scripture: Septuagint (Ancient Greek Translation) 265
Sin: Mortal and Venial 265
Suffering, Redemptive (Participation in Christ’s Suffering) 266
Synergy: Cooperation with God’s Grace as “Co-Laborers” 269
Theophanies 274
Theosis; Deification; Divinization 274
Total Depravity (Falsity of); Human Nature 280
Tradition, Apostolic 281
Tradition, Oral 286
Traditions of Men 294
War, Just 295
Works, Good (in Grace) 295
Works of the Law / “New Perspective on Paul” 296
Worship (Latria) 297



Excerpts

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 On Synergy: Cooperation with God’s Grace as “Co-Laborers”

Citation of Ecclesiasticus [Sirach] as Scripture

On the Spiritual Benefits of Baptism

On the Falsity of “Faith Alone”

On the Moral Assurance of Salvation

On Free Will and God’s Foreknowledge (Romans 9)

On Masses for the Dead

On Crucifixes

On the Veneration of the Saints

On the Sacrifice of the Mass

On Purgatory

On the Definition of the “Gospel”

On Free Will

On Closed Communion

St. Athanasius

On God as the Sustainer of Creation

On the Omnipresence of Jesus

On Apostolic Succession

On the Power of the Sign of the Cross

On Satan

On the Falsity of Caesaropapism

On the Deuterocanon

On Theosis; Deification; Divinization

On the Holy Spirit

On the Rule of Faith (“Three-Legged Stool” of Bible | Tradition | Church)

On Mary, Mother of God (Theotokos)

St. Basil the Great

 
 On Oral Tradition as Authoritative, Even Concerning the Doctrine of God

On the Falsity of Instant Salvation

To St. Athanasius, Suggesting That the Pope Should Suppress Heresies and Schism in the Eastern Church

On Faith and Reason

On the Supposed “Ignorance” of Jesus Christ (The Last Days)

On Faith and Works

On Mary, Mother of God (Theotokos)

St. Gregory Nazianzen

On the Perspicuity of Scripture and the “Me, My Bible, and the Holy Spirit” Mentality

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INTRODUCTION
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As anyone who has followed my apologetics work through the years knows (I’ve been published in print since 1993 and online since 1996), I have a great number of posts on my blog (2,483, as of writing). Periodically, I collect many of these and re-read and re-edit them, for use in my books. The previous effort most similar to this volume was More Biblical Evidence for Catholicism (Lulu, 2002), since it included multiple topics: sort of similar to a collection of newspaper articles from political commentators, compiled into a book. Several other books of mine, devoted to one general area, were mostly or wholly composed of existing blog papers as well.
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The carefully selected “essays” presented here were originally written and posted on my blog between the years of 2000 and  2013. I consider them to be some of my best: the “cream of the crop” of what has not yet been published in a book. A few have been condensed down from their original dialogue formats. Per the subtitle, I’d like this collection to be more along the lines of essays per se, with less written-out Bible verses: a bit more readable and flowing, so to speak. A good deal of my apologetics writing or research is more for the purpose of reference / documentation rather than “straight reading” .

The 23 chapters will be organized under seven broad topics. In order, they are: 1) Observations on Catholic Apologetics, 2) Bible and Tradition / Rule of Faith, 3) Justification and Salvation, 4) Sacramentalism, 5) Purgatory, 6) Prayer and the Communion of Saints, and 7)  The Blessed Virgin Mary.
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I make no attempt to be systematic, and no necessary relation exists between one chapter and the next. This is, after all, a collection of diverse articles. But I think each one stands up on its own and has enough specific content and substance to warrant being included. Throughout, I presuppose in readers an above-average interest in apologetics and a certain amount of basic theological knowledge. Some particular chapters may not interest individual  readers, and can be skipped over.

As always, my goal is to present writing that is characterized by the “three E’s”: edifying, educational, and enjoyable. By God’s grace, I hope I succeed, and I’d like to thank each reader from the bottom of my heart, for allowing me the privilege of sharing and defending the truths of the Catholic faith. Thanks especially to those who have followed my work for some time, and have purchased and read one or more of my books. You’ll never know how much I appreciate that, but rest assured that I do, very much so. All glory to God!


DEDICATION

For all those who would be greatly blessed and made more confident in their faith, if they could only come into contact with Catholic apologetics. I pray that they will realize this, first of all, and then find the appropriate orthodox Catholic material to read. Knowledge is power. As someone stated, “the heart cannot rejoice in what the mind rejects as false.” Nor can we appreciate and benefit from doctrines that we don’t even yet understand. Apologetics is, therefore, crucial in the attainment and maintenance of a solid and robust faith.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS 
 

Dedication (p. 3) [read above]

Introduction (p. 5) [read above] 

OBSERVATIONS ON CATHOLIC APOLOGETICS
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1. Internet Apologetics and Practical Advice Regarding Evangelism (p. 11)

2. A Defense of Lay Catholic Apologetics a la Chesterton and Lewis (p. 39)

BIBLE AND TRADITION / RULE OF FAITH
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3. Luther’s Lie:  Was the Bible Utterly Obscure Before His Translation? (p. 67)

4. Did St. Athanasius Believe in Sola Scriptura? (p. 79)

5. Does Extensive Use of Biblical Arguments Reduce to Sola Scriptura? (p. 89)

6. Private Judgment vs. Catholic Epistemology (p. 101)

7. Is Private Judgment Inconsistently Applied in Accepting Catholicism? (p. 111)

JUSTIFICATION AND SALVATION
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8. Justification is Not by Faith Alone and is Ongoing (p. 119) [read similar and expanded version online]

9. St. Paul’s Use of “Gift” and Infused Justification (p. 129)

SACRAMENTALISM
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10. St. Augustine’s Acceptance of Seven Sacraments (p. 139)

11. Sacramentalism, Relics, and the Pious Use of Physical Items in Worship (p. 147) 

12. Does the Catholic Mass Re-Sacrifice Jesus? (p. 155)

 

PURGATORY
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13. John Wesley’s View of Purgatory: a Classic Case of Ironic and Inadvertent Approximation of the Very Catholic Teaching Ostensibly Being Opposed (p. 161)

14. Martin Luther’s Assertion That Purgatory is “Quite Plain” in 2 Maccabees (p. 173) [read online]

PRAYER AND THE COMMUNION OF SAINTS
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15. Biblical Evidence for Prayers of the Righteous Having More Effect and Power (p. 179) [read online]

16.Does the Bible Forbid All “Talking to Dead Men”? Lazarus and the Rich Man as a Counter-Argument (p. 189)

17. “Vain, Repetitious Prayer”: Jesus Illustrates What This Does Not Mean (p. 195)

18. Should we Invoke Mary at Our Death, and Does This Minimize Jesus? (p. 201)

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19. Catholic Mariology and its Biblical Basis: Reply to a Lutheran Scholar (p. 209) [read original dialogue]

20. The Annunciation: Proof that Mary was Already in a Sublime State of Grace? (p. 219)

21. The Perpetual Virginity of Mary: Argument from the Analogy to “Holy Ground” (p. 223)

22. A Biblical Defense of the “Our Lady of Perpetual Help” Devotion (p. 227)

23. Theosis and God’s Role for the Blessed Virgin Mary (p. 231)

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Introduction
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St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274) was without question the greatest theologian in the history of the Catholic Church, and the Summa Theologica (1271-1274) was his masterpiece and one of the most influential theological books ever written.

The goal herein is to make the thought and reasoning of this marvelous compendium of the Angelic Doctor more accessible and able to be referenced quickly. My overwhelming emphasis in collecting excerpts will be on theology itself; with far less on the topics of spirituality, ethics, and other areas.
Many times, frankly, I have been too lazy, myself, to “barrel through” the Summa Theologica to find an answer as to what St. Thomas thought on thus-and-so. Sometimes even those of us who love Aquinas, have neither the time nor desire (in the course of a busy day) to read through the reasoning chain that he uses in the Summa to come to his conclusions. This is, of course, a defect in us, and not at all in Aquinas, but it is what it is.
St. Thomas’ style in the Summa is a wonderful method and fabulous teaching device, but I think there are a lot of people like me who would also like to see concise, easily obtainable “answers” from Aquinas: in a more or less “catechetical” format (rather than apologetic or philosophical: with more elaborate explanations).
I hope you, the reader, will benefit from my true labor of love. I’ve immensely enjoyed learning from this fabulous teaching, as I compiled the “quotable” excerpts. May this work be used by God to send further grace upon many, via St. Thomas Aquinas.

 

 Source Information and Abbreviations
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Summa Theologica (1271-1274), literally translated by Fathers of the English Dominican Province; second revised edition (New York: Benziger Brothers, 1947; now in the public domain).

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The first part (prima pars): 1
The first part of the second part (prima secundae partis): 1-2
The second part of the second part (secunda secundae partis): 2-2
The third part (tertia pars): 3
The supplement (supplementum tertiae partis): suppl.
 
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ST 2-2, q. 75, a. 1, ad 3 = Second part of the second part, Question 75, Article 1, reply to third objection. 

ST 3, q. 10, a. 3, sed contra = Third part, Question 10, Article 3, argument in opposition to objection(s): “on the contrary . . .”

ST suppl., q. 17, a. 3, ad 2 = Supplement, Question 17, Article 3, reply to second objection.

 

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Brilliant Short Proof of Monotheism

On God’s Middle Knowledge (Scientia Media)

On the Sabellian Heresy (aka Modal Monarchianism)

Application of Vatican II Advice 700 Years Early (Effective New Methods of Sharing Ancient Truths)

On the Material Sufficiency of Scripture

St. Thomas vs. Astrology

On the Spiritual Gifts

On Development of Doctrine

On Initial (Imputed) Justification: of the “Ungodly”

On “Cafeteria Catholics” / Dissenters / Modernists

On the Veneration of Saints, Images, and Relics 

On the Perpetual Virginity of Mary

On the Seven Sacraments

Opponent of Sola Scriptura and Advocate for the Catholic Rule of Faith (Bible-Church-Tradition)



Index of Topics 
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Angels and Our Thoughts (p. 11)
Angels: Assuming of Bodies (p. 11)
Angels, Guardian (p. 12)
Angels: Immaterial Spirits (p. 13)
Angels, Intercession of (p. 14)
Angels, Quantity of (p. 14)
Angels: Sinless (p. 14)
Anointing the Sick with Consecrated Oil (Sacrament) (p. 14)
Apologetics (p. 16)
Apostasy (Falling Away from the Faith or Salvation) (p. 18)
Apostolic Succession (p. 19)
Astrology (Falsity of) (p. 20)
Atonement, Universal (p. 20)
Baptism and Salvation (p. 21)
Baptism and Sanctification (p. 21)
Baptism, Infant (p. 21)
Baptism, Method or Mode of (p. 22)
Baptism of Desire / Baptism of Blood (p. 23)
Baptismal Regeneration (p. 24)
Beatific Vision (p. 25)
Celibacy and Singleness (p. 28)
Church: Authority of (p. 28)
Church, Infallibility of (p. 28)
Confession (p. 29)
Confirmation, Sacrament of (p. 30)
Conscience, Examination of / Moral Assurance (p. 33)
Creation Ex Nihilo (p. 33)
Creeds and Catechisms (p. 34)
Cross of Christ, Adoration of (p. 35)
Cross (Symbol), Veneration of (p. 36)
Dead: Almsgiving for (p. 36)
Dead: Fasting for (p. 36)
Dead: Indulgences for (p. 36)
Dead: Masses for (p. 36)
Dead: Offerings for (p. 37)
Dead: Prayer for (p. 37)
Dead: Works on Behalf of (p. 39)
Demons (p. 39)
Deuterocanon (“Apocrypha”) (p. 41)
Development (of Doctrine) (p. 43)
Disputations (p. 46)
Dissent (from Catholicism)  (p. 46)
Divorce and Remarriage (p. 47)
Dogma and Doctrine (p. 48)
Earth: Sphericity of (p. 49)
Eternity (p. 49)
Eucharist and Sanctification (p. 49)
Eucharist: Real Substantial Presence; Transubstantiation (p. 50)
Eucharistic Adoration (p. 54)
Evangelism (p. 55)
Evangelism and Salvation (p. 55)
Evil (p. 55)
Evolution (p. 56)
Faith (p. 57)
Faith and Obedience (p. 59)
Faith and Reason (p. 59)
Faith and Works (p. 61)
Faith, Hope, and Charity (p. 61)
Faith, Implicit (p. 63)
Fasting and Abstinence (p. 64)
Free Will (p. 64)
Gifts, Spiritual (p. 66)
God: Above Reason / Ultimate Mystery of (p. 66)
God and Anthropomorphism (Physical Characteristics Metaphorically Attributed to Him) (p. 67)
God and Anthropopathism (Human Emotions Metaphorically Attributed to Him) (p. 68)
God and Predestination (p. 69)
God and Reprobation (p. 69)
God: Argument from Necessary Being (p. 70)
God: Circumincession / Coinherence / Perichoresis (p. 71)
God: Cosmological Argument for (p. 71)
God: Creator (p. 72)
God: Eternal (p. 74)
God: Existence of (Self-Evident?) (p. 74)
God: Holy Trinity (p. 74)
God: Immaterial Spirit (p. 75)
God: Immutability of (p. 75)
God: Impassibility of (p. 76)
God: Judge; Justice of (p. 76)
God: Love of (p. 76)
God: Mercy of (p. 77)
God: Middle Knowledge of (p. 77)
God: Not the Author or Source of Evil or Sin (p. 78)
God: Omnipotence of (p. 80)
God: Omnipresence of (p. 81)
God: Omniscience of (p. 81)
God: Ontological Argument for (Falsity of) (p. 82)
God: Outside of Time (p. 82)
God: Personal Relationship or Communion with (p. 83)
God, Providence of (p. 83)
God: Self-Existent; Self-Sufficient (p. 85)
God: Simplicity of (p. 85)
God: Sovereignty of (p. 86)
God: Sovereignty Related to Human Free Will (p. 86)
God: Sustainer of Creation  (p. 87)
God the Father: Monarchia  / Principatusof (p. 89)
God: Will of (p. 89)
Grace Alone (for Justification and Salvation) (p. 90)
Grace and Reason (p. 93)
Grace: Degrees or Greater Measure of  (p. 93)
Grace, Irresistible (Falsity of) (p. 94)
Happiness (p. 94)
Hardening of the Heart (p. 95)
Healing (p. 95)
Hell and Time (p. 96)
Hell: Differential Punishments (p. 96)
Hell (Eternal Punishment) (p. 96)
Heresy; Heretics (p. 97)
Holy Items (p. 98)
Holy Orders; Ordination (Sacrament) (p. 99)
Holy Places; Shrines (p. 100)
Holy Spirit as Love (p. 101)
Holy Spirit: Procession of (Filioque Dispute) (p. 101)
Hope (p. 103)
Ignorance (p. 104)
Ignorance, Invincible (p. 104)
Images, Icons, and Statues: Use and Veneration of (p. 105)
Indulgences (p. 106)
Jesus Christ: Begotten (p. 107)
Jesus Christ: Divinity of (p. 107)
Jesus Christ: Hypostatic Union / Two Natures (p. 108)
Jesus Christ: “Ignorance” of Certain Matters? (p. 108)
Jesus Christ: “Image” of the Father (p. 108)
Jesus Christ: Impeccability (Sinlessness) (p. 109)
Jesus Christ: “Made Sin” (p. 109)
Jesus Christ: Omnipotent (p. 110)
Jesus Christ: Omniscient (p. 110)
Jesus Christ: Redeemer and Savior (p. 110)
Jesus Christ: Virgin Birth (p. 115)
Joy (p. 116)
Justification by Faith (p. 116)
Justification, Imputed  (Initial) (p. 116)
Justification, Infused (Sanctification) (p. 118)
Knowledge and the Senses (p. 119)
Law and the New Covenant (p. 120)
Love (Charity) (p. 121)
Marriage: Sacrament (p. 122)
Mary: Bodily Assumption (p. 122)
Mary: Mediatrix (p. 122)
Mary: Mother of God (Theotokos) (p. 123)
Mary: Perpetual Virginity of  (p. 124)
Mary: Sanctification in the Womb (Similar to the Immaculate Conception) (p. 127)
Mary: Sinlessness (p. 131)
Mary: Veneration of (p. 133)
Mary: Virginity In Partu (During Childbirth) (p. 134)
Mass, Daily (p. 135)
Mass: Offered by the Entire Congregation (p. 136)
Mass, Sacrifice of (and the Crucifixion) (p. 136)
Merit (p. 137)
Miracles (p. 139)
Monotheism (p. 139)
Nestorianism (Heresy) (p. 139)
Original Sin; Fall of Man (p. 139)
Paganism and Christianity (p. 141)
Papacy; Popes (p. 142)
Papal Infallibility (p. 143)
Peace (p. 143)
Penance: Absolution (p. 144)
Penance and Salvation (p. 144)
Penance (Sacrament) and Temporal Punishment (p. 145)
Peter: Primacy of (p. 147)
Philosophy and Salvation (p. 148)
Philosophy and Scripture (p. 148)
Private Judgment (False Principle of) (p. 148)
Purgatory (p. 148)
Repentance (p. 149)
Revelation and Faith (p. 150)
Revelation and Reason (p. 150)
Rule of Faith / “Three-Legged Stool” (Bible-Church-Tradition)  (p. 151)
Sabellianism (Heresy) (p. 151)
Sacramental Intention (p. 152)
Sacramentals (p. 152)
Sacraments (p. 153)
Sacraments and Christ’s Passion (p. 154)
Sacraments and Grace (p. 154)
Sacraments and Salvation (p. 156)
Sacraments and Sanctification (p. 157)
Sacraments: Ex Opere Operato (p. 159)
Sacraments: Seven (p. 160)
Saints: Awareness of and Contact with This World  (p. 163)
Saints, Communion of (p. 164)
Saints, Intercession of (p. 164)
Saints, Invocation of (p. 168)
Saints: Relics of (p. 169)
Saints, Veneration of  (p. 170)
Salvation and Fear (p. 171)
Salvation and Wisdom (p. 171)
Salvation, Instantaneous (Falsity of) (p. 171)
Satan (p. 172)
Schism; Separation (p. 173)
Scripture: Hermeneutics (Interpretation) (p. 174)
Scripture: Inerrancy and Infallibility (p. 176)
Scripture: Material Sufficiency of (p. 176)
Sectarianism (p. 177)
Sin (p. 177)
Sin, Degrees of (p. 178)
Sin, Mortal  (p. 179)
Sin, Venial (p. 181)
Soul (p. 182)
Suffering, Redemptive (Participation in Christ’s Suffering) (p. 182)
Synergy: Cooperation with God’s Grace as “Co-Laborers” and Secondary Mediators (p. 183)
Teachers, Christian (p. 185)
Theology and Material Figures (p. 186)
Theology and Figures / Metaphors (p. 186)
Theology, Natural / Teleological Argument for God (p. 186)
Theology: Queen of the Sciences (p. 187)
Theosis; Divinization (p. 187)
Total Depravity (Falsity of); Human Nature (p. 188)
Tradition, Apostolic (p. 189)
Tradition, Oral (p. 191)
Trinity and Salvation (p. 191)
Unbelief (p. 192)
War, Just (p. 193)
Wisdom (p. 194)
Works, Good (in Grace) (p. 194)

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Subtitle:  Replies to Exegetical Arguments in John Calvin’s Institutes, Books I-III

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Dedication
Introduction [read in its entirety]

I. Salvation, Justification, Sanctification, and Predestination

1. Is God the Author of Evil? [read lengthy excerpt on Facebook]
2. Can Only Regenerate Men Perform Truly Good Works?
3. Total Depravity: Are the Non-Elect Continually Evil?
4. Are All Hearts “Desperately Wicked”?
5. Perseverance of the Saints: Biblical Disproofs [partial excerpt on Facebook]
6. Can True Faith Ever be Lost?
7. Can the Hope that is Allied with True Faith be Lost?
8. Does God Unconditionally Predestine the Reprobate?
9. Limited Atonement and Irresistible Grace?

II. Visual Images

1. Non-Idolatrous Physical Images of God in Scripture
2. “Graven Images”: Extreme and Unbiblical Iconoclasm
3. Calvin’s Denial of Images as a Teaching Aid

III. Bible and Tradition: The Rule of Faith 

1. Scripture has Intrinsic Authority, Not from the Church
2. Church Authority and the Canon of Scripture

IV. The Communion of Saints

1. Antipathy to Veneration of Saints and Angels
2. Saints and Angels, Intercession and Invocation of

V. Penance

1. Satisfaction and Penitential Mortification
2. Redemptive Suffering
3. Mortal and Venial Sins
4. Temporal Punishment After Forgiveness [read online]
5. Indulgences and Distribution of Grace [read short excerpt on Facebook]

VI. Purgatory 

1. Calvin’s Derisive Rhetoric and Matthew 12:32
2. Matthew 5:25-26
3. 1 Corinthians 3:11-15
4. Prayer for the Dead

Appendix of Areas of Calvinist-Catholic Agreement

Antinomianism; Cheap Grace
Apostolic Succession
Church: No Salvation Outside of
Confession and Absolution (of a sort) [read excerpt on Facebook]
Contrition
Deuterocanon
Discipleship
Faith and Works are Both Necessary in the Christian Life
Faith, The (Meaning, “Orthodox Doctrinal Belief”)
Fasting

Foreknowledge is Not Predestination
God: Anthropomorphism / Anthropopathism
God, Glory of: Displayed in, or Shared with Angels
God, Glory of: Displayed in, or Shared with Men
God: Immutability of
God: Providence of / Sustainer of the Universe
Grace Alone; Initial Justification
Grace: Greater Degree or Measure of
Grace: Synergy; Free Cooperation with God’s Grace
Justification and Sanctification: Closely Allied
Law of Moses: not Abrogated or Abolished
Mary: “Blessed Virgin”
Materialism, Scientific (Falsity of)
Natural Theology / Teleological Argument for God
Paganism, Incorporation of Truths from
Saints (Dead), Intercession of
Sanctification [read on Facebook]
Suffering; Taking up the Cross
Theosis; Divinization


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This book will be roughly along the sames lines as my previous quotations books: The Quotable Newman (Sophia Institute Press, 2012) and The Quotable Wesley (Lulu, 2012): with an overwhelming emphasis on theology and exegesis, and much less (if any at all) on spirituality, philosophy, ethics, liturgy, politics, aesthetics or other areas.

That narrows down the already quite daunting task of selection and collection. I’m interested in St. Augustine’s theological views and passing these along to the reader, with the best and most pithy and descriptive quotes I can find.

Frequently, however, citations are relatively less “quotable” and more so a documentation of the theological views of St. Augustine: much like works of systematic theology that cite various Scriptures in order to establish specific theological tenets. In this sense, the book might function as a handy reference source for those who want to know what Augustine believed on a given topic: with full documentation and the absence of sometimes annoying footnotes.

The difference between this work and my two quotations books mentioned above, is its focus on “distinctively Catholic” elements in Augustine’s writings (thus adding a certain “apologetic” perspective to this volume).

Our esteemed Protestant brethren (especially Reformed Protestants, or Calvinists) often assert that St. Augustine’s views were closer to theirs than to the present-day Catholic Church. In this they follow the founders of their theological traditions: Martin Luther and John Calvin; though the “allegiance” of these two men to Augustine – closely examined – is selective and a “mixed record” at best.

My aim is to systematically document St. Augustine’s advocacy of positions that historic or traditional Protestantism has expressly rejected, and (conversely) detail his opposition to some doctrines or beliefs that it has (generally speaking) espoused.

Sometimes, it should be noted and clarified, the “oppositional” relevance of a category has more limited application. For example, several soteriological topics are specifically intended to be counter-evidences to Calvinist positions (whereas they wouldn’t be in opposition to Arminian or Wesleyan Protestantism). For example:

Apostasy (Falling Away from the Faith or Salvation)
Grace, Irresistible (Falsity of)
Hardening of the Heart
Synergy: Cooperation with God’s Grace as “Co-Laborers”
Total Depravity (Falsity of); Human Nature

Other topics are cited with opposition to “heterodox” skepticism mostly in mind:

Hell (Eternal Punishment)
Jonah and the Whale
Miracles
Scripture: Inerrant and Infallible
Scripture: Inspiration of

A sub-theme of the same opposition to theological liberalism has to do with the doctrine of God: presently being corrupted in many quarters by the sadly fashionable heretical scourges of “open theism” and “process theology”:

Free Will and God’s Foreknowledge
God: Impeccability of (Impossibility of Sinning)
God: Omniscience of
God: Outside of Time
God, Providence of
God: Sustainer of Creation
Jesus Christ: Supposed “Ignorance” of Certain Matters

The previous two groups of topics are areas where Catholics and evangelical or Reformed Protestants can heartily agree, for the most part, over against those who have chosen to reject doctrines held in common by Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox alike.

Additionally, there are a few topics of particular relevance to our Eastern Orthodox brethren: “Holy Spirit: Procession of (Filioque Dispute)” (where arguably it is largely a semantic misunderstanding), and “Theosis; Divinization” (where St. Augustine and Catholics agree — since it is an explicitly biblical motif –, though this is seemingly not realized by many Orthodox).

Many great doctrines that are held in common by almost all historic Christian communions, are not included, since they are not exclusive to Catholicism; for example: the divinity of Christ, trinitarianism in the broadest sense, salvation by grace alone, or Jesus’ Resurrection and Second Coming.  The subtitle of this book is truly the key to understanding its intention and goal: “Distinctively Catholic Elements in His Theology.”

Quotations are drawn from 42 separate works of St. Augustine, as well as collections of his letters and sermons, and arranged alphabetically under 157 topics. The translations used are all in the public domain (dating from the 19th century), and freely available online.

As was my custom in previous similar books, the quotations are also arranged chronologically within topics, insofar as that can be determined. This helps to clarify any development in Augustine’s views.

I utilized the dates that appeared in Allan Fitzgerald’s Augustine Through the Ages: An Encyclopedia (a wonderful 1999 work mentioned in the bibliography). In instances where a book took many years to complete (e.g., City of God; dated 413-427), I went by the earliest listed date, for the purpose of chronology.

These dates (as well as abbreviations used) appear in the initial bibliography, but not in the collection of quotations. The only dates listed under quotations are those of letters, or epistles: for obvious reasons.

Editorial input is kept to an absolute minimum: confined to an occasional bracketed clarification (usually a contextual matter or reference) or briefly stated fact considered to be indispensable in understanding some aspect of the quotation. My contribution consists in the collection and topical and chronological arrangement of the great father’s thoughts.

It was my joy and privilege to do so, and to pass along to readers a “capsulized version” of his wonderful theology and writing.

The presuppositions and “bias” of my own orthodox Catholicism will perhaps be in evidence in some places in this collection, but if so, I submit that this could scarcely be considered improper or even unexpected, given my stated emphasis and intentions.

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