A talk marking the recent canonisation of St John Henry Newman, and exploring the nature of power, faith and authority. 

John Henry Newman is commonly regarded as a uniquely English figure among theologians, yet his English cultural identity was a vexed issue for his own personal, intellectual, and ecclesial development. While many still present him as quintessentially English, others consider him to have challenged dominant motifs of English ecclesial life in radical and sometimes dangerous ways.

This lecture will focus on one example of this tension in interpreting Newman, related particularly to his views on faith, power, and authority. This discussion will expand on the struggles which beset him before leaving the Anglican Church, and focus particularly on his interpretation of the dogma of Papal Infallibility which divided Catholics in England in the late 19th Century

Tutor: Dr Jacob Phillips, St Mary’s University

Date and time: Thursday 5 March, 7.30-9pm

Price: £10 (£6 students)

Venue: Alban Room, Chapter House, St Albans Cathedral

Entry is via the Welcome Centre. Please note that this event takes place on Level 1 of the Chapter House. Step-free access is available via a lift.

No parking is available at the Cathedral. If you require a space for access reasons, please email us in advance.