Appeared in Vol. 3 No. 4

One of the most difficult apologetical problems today arises from a deep confusion over the nature of the development of Christian doctrine from one age to the next. On the one side, certain traditionalists sometimes regard all new expressions of Church teaching to be heretical; on the other, modernists claim as doctrinal development ideas which contradict the body of thought from which they purport to spring. In the article which follows, Rev. Edward J. Berbusse, S.J. uses the work of John Henry Cardinal Newman as the basis for a partial analysis of the nature of legitimate, faithful development in Christ’s teaching as opposed to corruption.

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