Parochial and Plain Sermons, Volume 1
John Henry Newman

Contents
Dedication
Preface
Title Page

Revised August, 2001—NR.

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Contents

Title Page
  1. Holiness Necessary for Future Blessedness      1.
  2. The Immortality of the Soul    15.
  3. Knowledge of God's Will without Obedience    27.
  4. Secret Faults    41.
  5. Self-Denial the Test of Religious Earnestness    57.
  6. The Spiritual Mind    72.
  7. Sins of Ignorance and Weakness    83.
  8. God's Commandments not Grievous    97.
  9. The Religious Use of Excited Feelings  113.
10.  Profession without Practice  125.
11. Profession without Hypocrisy  139.
12. Profession without Ostentation  152.
13. Promising without Doing  165.
14. Religious Emotion  177.
15. Religious Faith Rational  190.
16. The Christian Mysteries  203.
17. The Self-Wise Enquirer  215.
18. Obedience the Remedy for Religious Perplexity   228.
19. Times of Private Prayer  244.
20. Forms of Private Prayer  257.
21. The Resurrection of the Body  271.
22. Witnesses of the Resurrection  282.
23. Christian Reverence  295.
24. The Religion of the Day  309.
25. Scripture a Record of Human Sorrow  325.
26. Christian Manhood  336.

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Dedication

TO THE

REV. E. B. PUSEY, B.D.,

CANON OF CHRIST CHURCH,

AND REGIUS PROFESSOR OF HEBREW IN THE

UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD,

THIS VOLUME

IS INSCRIBED,

IN AFFECTIONATE ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

OF THE BLESSING

OF HIS LONG FRIENDSHIP AND EXAMPLE.

March 1st, 1834

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Preface

{v} THE Sermons here republished were written and preached at various periods between the years 1825 and 1843.

The first six volumes are reprinted from the six volumes of "PAROCHIAL SERMONS;" the seventh and eighth formed the fifth volume of "PLAIN SERMONS, BY CONTRIBUTORS TO THE TRACTS FOR THE TIMES," which was the contribution of its Author to that Series.

All the Sermons are reprinted from the last Editions of the several volumes, published from time to time by the Messrs. Rivington.

They made, in their day, partly through their publication, but yet more, probably, through their living effect upon those who heard them, a deep and lasting impression for good on the Communion for whose especial benefit they were {vi} designed; they exercised an extensive influence very far beyond it; and their republication will awaken in many minds vivid and grateful recollections of their first appearance.

They met, at that time, very real and great moral, intellectual, and spiritual needs of man,—in giving depth and precision and largeness to his belief and apprehension of the mysteries of God, and seriousness and accuracy to his study and knowledge of himself, of his own nature, with its manifold powers, capacities, and responsibilities, and of his whole relation to the supernatural and unseen. They found a response in the hearts and minds and consciences of those to whom they were addressed, in marvellous proportion to the affectionate and stirring earnestness with which their Author appealed to the conscious or dormant sense of their needs, and his zealous and energetic endeavours, under God's blessing, to show, in every variety of light, how the grand central Verities of the Christian Dispensation, entrusted as the good "Deposit," to the Church, were revealed and adapted to supply them. {vii}

Many things, indeed, contained in these volumes have become, from the very readiness of their first acceptance, and from their gradual reception into the current of religious thought, so familiar, that it requires some retrospect of the time previous to their appearance to appreciate the original freshness with which they brought out the fundamental Articles of the Christian Faith, and their bearing on the formation of the Christian character; and to understand the degree in which they have acted, like leaven, on the mind and language and literature of the Church in this Country, and have marked an era in her History.

But, besides their relation to the past, it will be seen in their republication how the spirit which dictated them pierced here and there through the cloud which hung over the future, and how the Author warned us, with somewhat of prophetic forecast, of impending trials and conflicts, and of perplexities and dangers, then only dimly seen or unheeded, of which it has been reserved to the present generation to witness the nearer approach. It might seem to {viii} have been his calling at once to warn us of them, and to provide, as best he might, words of guidance and support, and consolation and encouragement under them—an anchor of the soul in the coming storm.

They are republished in the fervent hope and belief that like good to that which, by God's blessing, they have done before, they may, by His mercy, if we be not unworthy of it, do yet again under other circumstances.

To many of this generation they will appear in much of their original freshness; and to all with the greater power and reality, from the saddening aspect of the times, and the appalling prospects before us; replete as they are with those "many secrets of religion which are not perceived till they be felt, and are not felt, but in the day of great calamity."

In conclusion it is right, though scarcely necessary to observe, that the republication of these Sermons by the Editor is not to be considered as equivalent to a reassertion by their Author of all that they contain; inasmuch as, being printed entire and unaltered, except in the most {ix} insignificant particulars, they cannot be free from passages which he certainly now would wish were otherwise, or would, one may be sure, desire to see altered or omitted.

But the alternative plainly lies between publishing all or nothing, and it appears more to the glory of God and for the cause of religion, to publish all, than to destroy the acceptableness of the Volumes to those for whom they were written by any omissions and alterations.

W. J. COPELAND.

FARNHAM RECTORY, ESSEX,
May 15th, 1868.

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Title Page

PAROCHIAL AND PLAIN

SERMONS

  

BY JOHN HENRY NEWMAN, B.D.

FORMERLY VICAR OF ST. MARY'S, OXFORD

  

IN EIGHT VOLUMES

VOL. I.

 

NEW IMPRESSION

LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO.
39 PATERNOSTER ROW, LONDON
NEW YORK, BOMBAY, AND CALCUTTA

1907

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