Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma
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half a century, still the greatest one-volume compendium of Catholic teaching
First published in German in 1952, Professor Ludwig Ott’s Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma instantly became an indispensable reference for priests, teachers and families. Comprehensive yet concise, it provides in a single large volume clear explanations of every Catholic doctrinal teaching—along with their foundations in Scripture, Tradition, Church councils, papal pronouncements, and the Fathers and Doctors of the Church. And unlike any other compendium of doctrine before or since, it provides the “Theological Grade of Certainty” for every teaching it contains. Now this timeless masterwork is available in durable hardcover for the first time in decades.
begins with an introduction to the science of theology itself, explaining its
principles, methods, vocabulary, and system of classification. He also shows
you how to distinguish the Catholic understanding of the “development
of dogma” from the heretical version, and how to differentiate the three
kinds of Catholic truth and the six grades of theological certainty.
The book is organized into five major sections, covering the entire range of Catholic teaching according to the divisions of traditional catechesis:
UNITY OF GOD: HIS EXISTENCE AND NATURE
The Natural Knowability of the Existence of God * Proofs of God’s Existence * Errors Regarding the Knowability of God’s Existence (e.g., atheism) * God’s Existence as an Object of Faith * The Nature of God * The Attributes or Qualities of God * The Doctrine of the Triune God * The Antitrinitarian Heresies * Proof of the Existence of the Trinity from Scripture and Tradition * Speculative Explanation of the Internal-Divine Processions * The Relation of the Trinity to Reason
topics include: The Divine Act of Creation * Motive and Purpose of the Creation of the World * The Trinity and Creation * Freedom of the Divine Act of Creation * The Temporal Character of the World * The Continuous Preservation and Governing of the World * Revealed Doctrine concerning Material Things, i.e., Christian Cosmology * The Doctrine of Evolution in the Light of the Revelation * The Origin of the First Human Pair and the Unity of the Human Race * The Essential Constituent Parts of Human Nature * The Origin of the Individual Human Souls * The Relation between Nature and Supernature * The Supernatural Endowment of the First Man * The Various States of Human Nature * The Fall * Original Sin * The Lot of Children Dying in Original Sin * Angelology
DOCTRINE OF GOD THE REDEEMER
topics include: The Historical Existence of Jesus Christ * The Two Natures in Christ * Christ's True Humanity * The Adamite Origin of Christ's Human Nature * The Hypostatic Union * Attributes of Christ's Human Nature * Christ’s Infused Knowledge and Acquired Knowledge * Christ's Sinlessness and Impeccability * Christ's Capacity for Suffering * The Purpose of the Incarnation * Redemption through Christ * The Three Offices of Christ * Christ's Vicarious Atonement * Christ's Descent into Hell * Christ's Resurrection * Christ's Ascension *Immaculate Conception * Mary's Freedom from Evil Concupiscence and from Personal Sin * Mary's Perpetual Virginity * Mary’s Bodily Assumption into Heaven * Mary's Co-operation in the Work of Redemption * The Mediatorship of Mary * The Veneration of Mary
DOCTRINE OF GOD THE SANCTIFIER
topics include: Doctrine of Grace * Classification of Grace * Principal Errors Concerning Grace * The Necessity of Grace * The Distribution of Grace * Predestination * Reprobation * Grace and Freedom * Heresies Concerning Grace * Justification * Sanctifying Grace * Actual Grace * The State of Grace * The Doctrine Concerning Merit * The Divine Origin of the Church * The Purpose of the Church * The Constitution of the Church * The Primacy of St. Peter * Papal Primacy * Papal Infallibility * The Bishops * Christ and the Church * The Holy Ghost and the Church * Essential Attributes of the Church * The Necessity for Membership in the Church * The Communion of Saints * The Communion of the Faithful * Poor Souls in Purgatory * The Nature of the Sacraments * The Efficacy and Effects of the Sacraments * The Sevenfold Nature of the Sacraments * The Necessity of the Sacraments * The Minister and Recipient of the Sacraments * Sacramentals * Baptism * Confirmation * The Eucharist * The Real Presence * Transubstantiation * The Sacrificial Nature of the Mass * Penance * The Church's Power to Forgive Sins * Contrition * The Necessity of Confession * Sacramental Satisfaction * Absolution * Indulgences * Extreme Unction * Holy Orders * Matrimony
DOCTRINE OF GOD THE CONSUMMATOR
topics include: The Doctrine of the Last Things (Eschatology) * Death * The Particular Judgment * Heaven * Hell * Purgatory * The Second Coming of Christ * The Resurrection of the Dead * The General Judgment * The End of the World
“Quite the most remarkable work of compression of its kind that I have encountered”.—James Bastible, University College, Cork
“German scholars are famous for first-rate handbooks; this is a splendid specimen. It covers the field of dogmatic theology and is translated into clear, readable English…Excellent summaries are given of disputed questions…highly recommended to priests engaged in teaching religion in high school or college. For educated laymen it is a fine summary of what the priest learned in the seminary.”—America (1956)
How well do you (and your family) know your Catholic faith?
1.True or false: Christ could not possibly have sinned in any circumstance.
2.What two factors must be present for a Church teaching to be considered a formal “dogma”?
3.Name three of the six degrees of theological certainty.
4.The absolute worship which is due to God alone is called latria. The veneration due to Mary is called ______.
5.True or false: God, by an Eternal Resolve of His Will, has predestined certain men to eternal blessedness or eternal rejection.
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