Newman for Today presents the tree of John Henry Newmans life. It locates the roots of that tree in his encounter with the wisdom of antiquity, the discovery of divine revelation and the encounter with the Fathers of the Church. As for the shoots, it identifies them in the living tradition of the Church, the faith-life of believers and the reality of doctrine. The fruits, finally, are visible in the Gospel of joy lived out in obedience to God and conscience.
Someone has described Newman as saying in effect, If you have a religion like Christianity, think of it and have it worthily.
Thomas Norris is a priest of the Ossory Diocese and lecturer in Systematic Theology in St Patrick's College, Maynooth. He is also a member of the International Theological Commission. Among his publications are Newman and his Theological Method and Only Life Gives Life: Revelation, theology and Christian Living.
The coming canonisation of John Henry Newman is awaited impatiently by many. This book was first published in 1996. Since then new materials and new biographical insights have emerged, and in a new introduction Thomas Norris takes account of them.
The main text though unchanged provides the reader with a structured exposition of Newmans thought, its sources in scripture and revelation, its vitality in his own writings and theology, and finally Newman himself as model of Christian life.
Much that is now written about Newman has become so academic and technical, that a book of this kind is to be welcomed for what it provides to the ordinary reader seeking to understand what it is that makes Newman such an exemplary and extraordinary figure, a man not just for today but for tomorrow.
- Peter Costello, The Irish Catholic, 11th March 2010