CELEBRATING JOHN HENRY NEWMAN
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Every consideration, the fullest time should be given to those who have to make up their minds to hold an article of faith which is new to them.
To take up at once such an article may be the act of a vigorous faith; but it may also be the act of a man who will believe anything because he believes nothing, and is ready to profess whatever his ecclesiastical, that is, his political party requires of him.
There are too many high ecclesiastics in Italy and England, who think that to believe is as easy as to obey — that is, they talk as if they did not know what an act of faith is. A German who hesitates may have more of the real spirit of faith than an Italian who swallows.
An Essay in Aid of a Grammar of Assent (ed. Ker) p. 430.
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