To Be Deep in History

from Sep 24, 2010 Category: Tabletalk Magazine

In the nineteenth century two prominent Anglican clergymen converted to Roman Catholicism: John Henry Newman and Henry Edward Manning. Keith Mathison writes, “What I find most interesting about these two men is their approach to history and what it tells us about the Roman Catholic Church. Cardinal Newman famously said, ‘To be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant.’ He believed that if one compared the teaching and practice of both Protestantism and Rome to the teaching and practice of the early church, one would be forced to conclude that Rome was the true heir of the early church. Of course, he had to posit a rather complex theory of doctrinal development in order to make such an idea plausible to himself and others not already inclined to agree. But be that as it may, Newman believed that the study of history supported the claims of Rome.”

Keith disagrees, and so to, at least to an extent, did Henry Edward Manning. Read more in To Be Deep in History, an article from the September issue of Tabletalk.