Earlier in his life, Newman had regarded the Roman Catholic Church of his day – although the historical continuation of early Christianity – mainly as an institution which had undergone far too many changes, especially in doctrine, since Apostolic times. He had seen these changes as deviations from the teachings of Jesus and the early Church Fathers. But in the early 1840s, while he was considering conversion to Roman Catholicism, he increasingly began to doubt that the Anglican Church could justly see itself as a branch of world-embracing, 'true' Catholicism. Instead, his intensive study of the Church Fathers led him to believe that the development of Christian doctrine from the time of Jesus until the nineteenth century, and …
Spies, Marion. "An Essay on the Development of Christian Doctrine". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 January 2002; last revised 30 November -1.
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