Newman Studies Journal

Volume 10, Issue 2, Fall 2013

Lucas Laborde
Pages 59-73

“Continuity of Principles” in John Henry Newman’s An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine

Although Newman’s Essay on Development has been studied both in itself and as a milestone in his spiritual journey, scant attention has been given to a detailed analysis of his “notes” for doctrinal development. The following study examines the second note of development—“continuity of principles”—in order to ascertain both Newman’s understanding of “principles” and the way these principles can have continuity.