American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly

Volume 92, Issue 3, Summer 2018

Religious Epistemology

Joe Milburn
Pages 483-497

Faith and Reason in the Oxford University Sermons
John Henry Newman and the Legacy of English Deism

I argue that we can understand John Henry Newman as defending the Principle of Faith throughout the University Sermons. According to the Principle of Faith, belief in the Christian message is in itself a good act of the mind, and it has moral significance. I argue that Newman’s developed account of faith and its relation to reason in Sermons 10 through 12 are designed to defend the Principle of Faith. Finally, I argue that we can understand Newman’s defense of the Principle of Faith as a reaction against criticisms dating back to the English Deists.