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DEVELOPMENT OF CHRISTIAN
JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, D.D.
OF THE ORATORY,
OCrLI STEI DEFECERrNT IN SALUTARE TUCX.
Rev. SAMUEL WILLIAM WAYTE, B.D.
PRESIDENT OF TBINITY COLLEGE, OXFORD.
My Dear President,
._NoT from any special interest -which 1
anticipate you will take in this Volume, or any. _ sympathy you will feel in its argument, .or.
intrinsic fitness of any kind in my associating
you and your Fellows with it,—
- .But, because I have nothing besides it to
_offer you, in token of my sense of the gracious __ compliment which you and they have paid me
in making me once more a Member of a College . dear to me from Undergraduate memories;— _ Also, because of the happy coincidence, .that
_whereas its first publication was contemporaneous jirith my leaving Oxford, its second becomes^ by. jpirtue of your act, ^ontemp_oraneo_us,- with...a—
recovery of my position there:—
Therefore it is that, without..jour leave or.
j'our responsibility, _I hike the bold step of
_ placing your name in the first pages of what, at my age. I must consider the last print or reprint .qu. which I shall ever be engaged. I am, my dear President,
Most sincerely yours,
JOHN H. NEWMAN.
PREFACE TO. THE^ EDITION OF. 187&
following pages were not in the first instance written ___to prove the divinity of the Catholic Religion., though _ ultimately they furnish a positive argument in its behulf, ^ but to explain certain difficulties in its history, felt before _now_by the author himself, and commonly insisted on .by __Protestants in controversy, _as_serving to blunt the force of. its priiiid facie and general claims on our recognition.
. However beautiful and promising that Religion is in
: theory, it's history, we are told, is its best refutation; ihu
inconsistencies, found age after age in its teaching, being
as patent as the simultaneous contrarieties of religioun
_ opinion manifest in the High, Low, and Broad branched of the Church of England.
In reply to this specious objection, it is maintained in this Essay that, granting that some large variations of teaching do in its long course of 1800 years exist, nevertheless, these, on examination, will be found to arise from the nature of the case, and to proceed on a law, ^ and with a harmony and a definite drift, and with . /