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

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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.

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  • Ashton Wilkins
  • 20/12/2013

newman's intellectual and spiritual journey

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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  • James Rickenbaker
  • 31/05/2017

An unparalleled apologetic autobiography

Would you listen to Apologia Pro Vita Sua [A Defense of One's Life] again? Why?

I would absolutely listen to Apologia Pro Vita Sua again. In this masterful work by Newman, he defends his life's work in transforming the face of Anglicanism culminating in his conversion to Roman Catholicism. He expounds on the origins of his theology, which parallels my own path from a largely evangelical Anglicanism to a predominantly conservative Anglo-Catholicism.

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

Newman's story, having been such a similar one to my own, has led me to some important introspection about denominational identity. While I remain an Anglican, I was quite profoundly moved by the similar manner in which he was persecuted (in a very real sense) by the Church of England for his attempts to recover some of what Anglicanism had lost in the murky waters of Reformation theological and liturgical change.

Any additional comments?

Be advised: if you are teetering on the edge of leaving Anglicanism for Rome, this book might just push you over, not that that is a bad thing.

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  • 09/12/2015

Masterful presentation of a classic

Newman's intellectual rigor and the emotional intensity of his conversion from Anglicanism to the Catholic faith are presented powerfully in his justly famous Apologia. The summation of his engagement with theological controversies of the early Church gives flesh and blood to material some readers might find unapproachable. Wagland's reading is flawless, conveying Newman's personal intensity and intellectual discipline while entirely subordinating his delivery to the text.

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  • 03/10/2013

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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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  • 28/09/2016

Outstanding in every way.

Superb. A timeless classic read exceedingly well. I highly recommend to anyone interested in the good Cardinal's life.

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