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Apologia Pro Vita Sua [A Defense of One's Life] | [John Henry Newman]

Apologia Pro Vita Sua [A Defense of One's Life]

Apologia Pro Vita Sua (A Defence Of His Life) by Cardinal Newman offers a marvellous insight into the mind of a devout Christian, a colossal figure of the nineteenth century. It is, moreover, one of the greatest spiritual autobiographies ever written in the English language, laying out the development of John Henry Newman's religious opinions up to the year 1845 when he finally converted to Roman Catholicism.
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Apologia Pro Vita Sua (A Defence Of His Life) by Cardinal Newman offers a marvellous insight into the mind of a devout Christian, a colossal figure of the nineteenth century. It is, moreover, one of the greatest spiritual autobiographies ever written in the English language, laying out the development of John Henry Newman's religious opinions up to the year 1845 when he finally converted to Roman Catholicism.

It was Charles Kingsley's withering and defamatory attack which prompted its writing, giving Newman 'ten weeks of anxious work', as he pieced together the evolution of his beliefs. Newman's beautiful prose has rightly been described as 'regal', the scholarly arguments are crystal clear and the structure reassuringly chronological; his utter demolition of Kingsley's accusations (especially that of untruthfulness) at the end of the Apologia is meticulous, inexorable and truly awe-inspiring. It is read by Greg Wagland.

©2013 John Henry Newman (P)2013 Magpie Audio

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    Would you consider the audio edition of Apologia Pro Vita Sua [A Defense of One's Life] to be better than the print version?

    I have read the print version of the Apologia and also listened to the audio book. My conclusion is that the audio is superior because it brings out Newman's flowing eloquence more clearly and his wit is more evident. These qualities are less noticeable in the printed version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course in this book, the main character is Newman, and his own introspective analysis makes the book intellectually engaging and fascinating as a story.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book is moving, but Newman's final discovery of the principle of catholicity in relation to antiquity is the most fascinating.


    Any additional comments?

    Newman's book articulates why he left Protestantism to become Catholic. He answers charges that his motives were dishonest or founded on ignorance, and he does so with brilliance. This is a classic in the English language as well as a top-notch work in apologetics. All Protestants (high or low church) ought to read it.

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    Arnoldo Torres Brownsville,Tx 10-03-13
    Arnoldo Torres Brownsville,Tx 10-03-13 Member Since 2010

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    Where does Apologia Pro Vita Sua [A Defense of One's Life] rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Number 2


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Apologia Pro Vita Sua [A Defense of One's Life]?

    In some sections, particularly in his footnotes, Newman explains theological issues, although that is not the main thrust of the work.


    Have you listened to any of Greg Wagland’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No first time and its great!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Chapter 4


    Any additional comments?

    John has a great intellect.

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    What made the experience of listening to Apologia Pro Vita Sua [A Defense of One's Life] the most enjoyable?

    The lucid and self-revealing Apologia is read as it should be, unaffected, sympathetic, and clear.


    What other book might you compare Apologia Pro Vita Sua [A Defense of One's Life] to, and why?

    I'd compare it to The Dark Night Of The Soul (John of God) or The Interior Castle (Teresa of Avila), and on a less mystical level The Story Of A Soul (Therese Lisieux) or All For Jesus (Fr F W Faber).


    What about Greg Wagland’s performance did you like?

    The incomparable Greg Wagland allows the author room to speak, gives sound readings of odd English place names, moreover he avoids making himself the point of the reading.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes - and so much more besides.


    Any additional comments?

    Many more of these wonderful devotional works of Catholic - and indeed any Christian - faith, please. They are not for Catholics alone, nor even for believers in God, but alone with Chesterton, Belloc and Knox etc they speak of, from and to the human heart. There is now what seems to be a lost world revealed in these writers of English spiritual life, and their unapologetic relationship with their communion throughout the nations, over millennia, and even today with us ..

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