Newman Studies Journal

Volume 11, Issue 1, Spring 2014

Christopher Cimorelli
Pages 32-44

The Possible Advantage of Doctrinal Growth: Revisiting Newman’s Understanding of Development

In this article, I investigate Newman’s understanding of doctrinal development, specifically regarding the accumulation of doctrines over time. Through an analysis of Newman’s essay on development and a letter written by him in 1868, we can better understand the potential “advantage,” but not superiority, that comes from the everincreasing resources of tradition. Newman’s view of development is directed toward the present and abiding concern to maintain fidelity to the deposit of faith, or to what he understands to be a “sacred philosophy.”