John Henry Newman: The Greatest Catholic Theologian Since Aquinas

In this course, Bishop Barron will examine Newman's many theological contributions, which are important in understanding Vatican II and in addressing the challenge of modernity. You'll be introduced to Newman by looking at his most significant texts: his autobiography Apologia Pro Vita Sua, the theologically meaningful Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine, the educationally pertinent The Idea of a University, and the challenging An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent.

Bishop Robert Barron · Published Date: October 14, 2019

Topics Covered:

  • Newman’s conversion to Catholicism
  • His influence on 20th-century theology and in our own day
  • His robust educational vision
  • The importance of studying Church history
  • How we arrive at assent, acknowledging the truth of a proposition

About Instructor

Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester in Minnesota. He is also the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic faith, which aired on PBS. Bishop Barron is a #1 Amazon bestselling author and has published numerous books, essays, and articles on theology and the spiritual life. He is a religion correspondent for NBC and has also appeared on FOX News, CNN, and EWTN. Bishop Barron's website,, reaches millions of people each year, and he is one of the world's most followed Catholics on social media. His regular YouTube videos have been viewed over 25 million times and he has over 1.5 million followers on Facebook.

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  • 12 Lessons
  • 1 Quiz
  • Course Certificate
  • Course Discussion Forum