Volume 9, Issue 1, Spring 2012
Donald G. Graham
Frank Turner on John Henry Newman and Development
An Example of Eisegesis
The late Frank M. Turner’s revisionist biography, John Henry Newman: The Challenge to Evangelical Religion has caused controversy. This essay considers one of Turner’s controversial contentions, namely, that Newman’s Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine (1845) is a naturalistic account of the history of the Christian church—an account devoid of the presence of Providence.