The Francis William Newman Research Center, a subsidiary function of The Francis William Newman Society—a non-profit organization established in 2008—exists for the dissemination of the works of Francis William Newman (1805-1897) and the advancement of critical thought regarding his works and life.

    Professor Newman was a polymath, as well as a religious and social reformer. Whereas his vocation was that of a classicist and historian, his writings—religious, philosophical, philanthropic, political, historical, philological, orthographic, mathematical, economical, and dietary—reflect the diversity of his intellectual concerns and the breadth of his knowledge. Even so, Newman's paramount interest was in religious studies, particularly within the Judæo-Christian tradition, and it is Newman's exemplary practice of bringing all of his intellect to bear upon the study of religion that has determined the focal emphasis of the Francis William Newman Research Center.


NOTICE! Qualified authors are currently sought for the writing of scholarly Introductions to On Early Judæo-Christian History and Doctrine (Vol. VI), and Life after Death? Palinodia & Contributions Chiefly to the Early Life of the Late Cardinal Newman (Vol. VII) in The Works of Francis William Newman on Religion. Since the two works included in Vol. VII—both by the author in his later years—are diverse in form and subject, a proposal for an Introduction to either one of these would be welcome. Interested persons should contact the Editor.


The Latest Additions to This Site: Letters added from collections of the Huntington Library, San Moreno, Calif. (1-24-59; 3-26-64; 7-3-65; 6-18-66; 5-20-71; 8-16-76), and the Waidner-Spahr Library, Dickinson College, Penn. (3-6-67). News clippings added from The Leader (1850-1858). Library addition: "What Is Germany?"—a poem by F. W. Newman.


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The Works of
Francis William Newman
on Religion:
A Critical Edition

This ten-volume set, available as a digital, searchable edition through The Philosophy Documentation Center since 2008, is now being published in paperback and distributed through Barnes and Noble. Many of these volumes will have new Introductions. Already available in print are the following volumes:


Letters from a Theist: Against the Idolization of Jesus by Tod E. Jones. Bloomington: Xlibris, 2010; rpt; Francis William Newman Research Center, 2012..