Newman and the Limits of Dogma

Event details

  • Friday | March 19, 2021
  • 12:00 pm

Join the Collegium Institute for its annual Newman Lecture!


“Newman and the Limits of Dogma”

Eamon Duffy (University of Cambridge)


Friday, March 19th

12:00pm EST via Zoom


This year’s Annual Newman Lecture will feature Professor Eamon Duffy of Cambridge University, renowned author of The Stripping of the Altars and other monographs as well as, most recently,  John Henry Newman: A Very Brief History




In his Apologia (1864), John Henry Newman emphasized his life-long commitment to the centrality of dogma to authentic Christianity. A fierce opponent of heresy while an Anglican, in the 1860s and 1870s the Catholic Newman dedicated much of his energy and considerable public prestige to combatting what he perceived as the inflationary and excessive dogmatism which threatened the intellectual and spiritual integrity of the Church under Pope Pius IX. In this talk, Professor Duffy considers the fundamental consistencies underlying the apparent contradictions in Newman’s developing understanding of the relation between revealed truth and intellectual freedom.

This year’s Annual Newman Lecture, taking place just before Newman’s birthday, will feature Professor Eamon Duffy of Cambridge University, renowned author of The Stripping of the Altars and other monographs as well as, most recently, John Henry Newman: A Very Brief History.

Eamon Duffy FSA FBA KSG is an Irish historian. He is a professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow and former president of Magdalene College. Professor Duffy’s research and teaching interests centre on the history of late medieval and early-modern popular religious belief and practice, on Christian art and material culture, on the history of the English Roman Catholic community, and on the history of the papacy.

Date: Friday, March 19, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm EDT (New York time) / 4:00 pm GMT (London time). Please note time zone differences.

Registration: This event is free and open to the public. Please click here to register and receive the Zoom information.

This event is co-presented by the Penn Newman Catholic Community and cosponsored by Penn’s Program for Research on Religion & Urban Civil Society (PRRUCS), Harvard Catholic Forum, Nova Forum for Catholic Thought, University of Dallas Program for Studies in Catholic Faith & Culture, Portsmouth Institute, St. Thomas Catholic Studies MA program, Lumen Christi Institute, American Catholic Historical Association, National Institute for Newman Studies, theDepartment of Catholic Studies at Duquesne University, University College Dublin Newman Centre for the Study of Religions,Center for Catholic Studies at Durham University, and Maynooth University: Irish Centre for Faith and Culture.