Apologia Pro Vita Sua

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Apologia Pro Vita Sua
Title page of the first edition of Apologia Pro Vita Sua.jpg
Title page of the first edition.
Author John Henry Newman
Country England
Language English
Publisher Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts & Green
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Apologia Pro Vita Sua (Latin: A defense of one's own life) is John Henry Newman's defense of his religious opinions, published in 1864 in response to Charles Kingsley of the Church of England after Newman quit his position as the Anglican vicar of St. Mary's, Oxford. Newman left seeking to join the Roman Catholic church, and after a brief exchange with Kingsley, Newman began writing the Apologia Pro Vita Sua. The book is a spiritual autobiography in which he responds to scathing attacks from Kingsley impeach his faith, truthfulness and honor.[1] Newmans defense and its flowing pros became a bestseller and remains in print today. It was influential in turning public opinion for Newman, and in establishing him as one of the foremost exponents of Catholicism in England..

A revised version of the Apologia Pro Vita Sua with many passages rewritten and some parts omitted, was published in 1865.[2]


  1. ^ Newman, John Henry. "Apologia pro Vita Sua". newmanreader.org. Retrieved 23 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Svaglic, Martin J. (1952). "The Revision of Newman's 'Apologia'," Modern Philology, Vol. 50, No. 1, pp. 43–49.

Further reading[edit]

  • Colby, Robert A. (1953). "The Poetical Structure of Newman's 'Apologia Pro Vita Sua'," The Journal of Religion, Vol. 33, No. 1, pp. 47–57.
  • Deen, Leonard W. (1962). "The Rhetoric of Newman's Apologia," ELH, Vol. 29, No. 2, pp. 224–238.
  • Peterson, Linda H. (1985). "Newman's Apologia Pro Vita Sua and the Traditions of the English Spiritual Autobiography," PMLA, Vol. 100, No. 3, pp. 300–314.
  • Ward, Wilfrid (1913). Introduction to Apologia Pro Vita Sua. London: Oxford University Press, pp. v–xxx.

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