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‘Newman: Church development, reform and the Anglican future’ Canon John Twisleton’s paper at St Michael, Lewes Keble Seminar 25th April 2018.

John Henry Newman’s greatness lies in his capacity to point us to the big picture of things which is Christianity’s forte and to shake off what’s parochial and narrow-minded, the stuff that puts the brakes on forward thinking and the beckoning dynamic of history.

Ex umbris et imaginibus in veritatem was his motto - its on his grave: from shadows and images into the truth. Life is a forward movement we can choose - he chose it - from what Paul describes in 2 Corinthians 3 and 4 as from such shadows and images into the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 

His great Apologia was first published 5 years after Darwin’s Origin of Species (1859),  a story of spiritual evolution that complements Darwin’s thesis on biological evolution. To live is to change Newman wrote and to be perfect is to have changed often. He held to a dynamic view of life and history and like Darwin he is one of the most famous Victorians. His take on change though was always mindful…