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maturation” of some truth on a large mental field. The process is a development only if “the assemblage of aspects, which constitute its ultimate shape,” really belongs to the idea from which it began (Dev, 38). Five Kinds of Development Newman delineates five kinds of development in ideas: political, logical, historical, ethical, and metaphysical (Dev, 54). The Episcopate, for example, would be an instance of political development; the doctrine of the Mother of God of logical development; the determination of the date of our Lord’s birth historical development; the holy Eucharist moral or ethical development; and the Athanasian Creed metaphysical development. All five kinds taken together are ways in which the Catholic idea, or th