Newman Studies Journal

Volume 1, Issue 2, Fall 2004

Gerard McCarren
Pages 48-61

Are Newman’s “Tests” or “Notes” of Genuine Doctrinal Development Useful Today?

Theologians have long appealed to Newman’s Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine as a source for criteria to determine the genuineness of doctrinal developments. After pointing out that Newman changed his terminology from “tests” in the original edition to “notes” in the third edition, this article examines their current criteriological usefulness both in retrospect and in prospect.