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Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma [Paperback]

By Patrick Lynch (Translator), Ludwig Ott (Author) & James C. Bastible (Editor)
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Ready Winter 2009 Recognized as the greatest summary of Catholic dogma ever put between two covers. A one-volume encyclopedia of Catholic doctrines. Tells exactly what the Church teaches on any particular topic. Tells when the pronouncement was made and gives the sources from Scripture, Church Councils, Papal statements and the Fathers and Doctors of the Church. Essential for priests, seminarians, parents and teachers. Easily one of our most important books. 560 pgs, PB

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Studio: TAN Books and Publishers
Pages   560
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.06" Width: 5.76" Height: 1.13"
Weight:   1.39 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 13, 2013
Publisher   Tan Books & Publishers
ISBN  0895550091  
ISBN13  9780895550095  

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Catholics are bound to follow...  May 2, 2008
...the dogmas of the faith not the systematics of theologians. This book heralds "By What Standard?" for Catholics. It lists 251 dogmas of the Catholic Church. Dr. Ott lists numerous other teachings in different categories of certainty by Catholic theologians. Dr. Ott explains what the categories mean in the beginning of the book (pp. 9-10). However, some dogmas are not listed as dogmas and many of the teachings listed as dogmas are periphrastic constructions of the true definitions of the Church. This book has been a faithful companion of mine for a long time, so any criticisms I make are not to be understood as detracting from what I believe is a necessary book for all Catholic homes.

It can serve as a systematic theology if the reader is willing to read the book with systematic contemplation. He or she can connect the dots between the dogmas. For example, the dogma of hell (a dogma Hans Urs von Balthasar Dare We Hope "That All Men Be Saved"?: With a Short Discourse on Hell has a problem with) explicitly teaches that the reprobate will be sent to a place of "eternal punishment" (p. 481). This dogma is not hard to understand in light of a God who created the father of the race sinless (p. 103) then that father condemned his race by sinning (p. 107) but God in mercy takes flesh forever (p. 151) and suffers and dies (p. 187) as His electing plan to save some (pp. 242-45) when all deserved "eternal punishment" not "life everlasting" (p. 476). Take the book to adoration and you will find the practice will yield great fruit.

Dr. Ott when quoting dogmas introduces many speculative opinions of theologians. These opinions only serve as many doubting Thomas's to the infallible truth he cites. Dr. Ott is aware of the Church's censure of such a practice (pp 3-4), but he is inconsistent with the Church's teaching on this point. He, like many Catholic theologians, does not ask the following question. What is the propose of a infallible interpreter of infallible truth, if after the infallible interpreter interprets the infallible truth a non-infallible interpreter tells you that the interpretation of the infallible interpreter does not mean what it says? This confusion was alive and well before Vatican II and it is one of the chief sources of relativism in the Church today. Vatican I is clear on this issue:

"For the doctrine of faith which God has revealed has not been proposed, like a philosophical invention to be perfected by human ingenuity, but has been delivered as a divine deposit to the Spouse of Christ to be faithfully kept and infallibly declared. Hence that meaning of the sacred dogmas is perpetually to be retained which our Holy Mother, the Church, has once declared, nor is that meaning ever to be departed from under the pretense or pretext of a deeper comprehension of them" (Constitutio de Fide Catholica, Chapter iv).

All Catholics, to be Catholics, are bound to believe, teach, and anathematize any doctrine contrary to this dogma.

There was a lot of talk in the reviews of modern theologians and their systems vs. the dogmatic theology represented by Dr. Ott, who is a neo-Thomist. The faithful do not and must not turn to Modernist theologians who are hopelessly out of faith with "the unanimous consent of the fathers" (Council of Trent, DZ, 995.). A saint is different in their study of theology from the student of the science, the saint studies because theology is truth and life for them while the later doesn't have life or truth. It is irrelevant what degrees and titles a person holds. The spiritually dead are not fit students or teachers of a spiritual science.

If you want to study good systematic theology, study the fathers of the Church for dialectics (The Early Church Fathers (38 Vols.)), study the scholastics of the Church for analytics (The Summa Theologica of St. Thomas Aquinas (Five Volumes)), and most of all read your Bible (The Haydock Bible (The Douay-Rheims Old and New Testament)). If you wish to know what the moderns are thinking read Systematic Theology: Roman Catholic Perspectives, 2 vols. (book reviews): An article from: Theological Studies.

There are a couple of other points where the book could have been improved:

1. Dr. Ott could have done a better job at listing and expounding on the sources of dogma. The dogmas of Scripture and Tradition are not even listed as dogmas of the faith. Also, the relation of the Magisterium to Scripture and Tradition is not addressed.
2. The dogmas of predestination and reprobation are located in the doctrine of God the sanctifier rather than in the nature of God where St. Thomas Aquinas placed them.
3. Most of the text is about an 8 font in Times. If you do not have good eyes this book will be a little of a burden to read. It is like reading a book where the footnotes are the main text.
Re: ND Protestant's review  Nov 1, 2006
If ND had actually consulted this book it would have become apparent how false his claims about Catholic teaching are. It's one thing to disagree with what a religion teaches; it's another thing to rail against a religion for things it does not teach. Catholics do not worship saints, do not place Mary above Christ or God the Father, do not in the Mass sacrifice again and again, etc. Catholics think these things would be just as bad as ND does.

Get Ott's book and study it, and it will become clear that these attributions are incorrect.
I was first introduced to this work roughly sixteen years ago, and it has proven to be an incredible reference. I have two copies, one for home and one for the school where I teach. In both locations it has come in handy, not only for research but for certain historical links. At one time, I thought about parting with one of the copies ..... hmmm ... I decided against that, only because it continues to be a frequently used teaching and general knowledge tool.

Therefore, in my lack of generosity, some good-hearted people had puchased their own copies! To this day, they are glad they did.
Defense of Truth  Mar 31, 2006
A good book on the dogmas but, The Catechism of the Catholic Church gives the best expaination of what Catholics believe.

Catholic-bashing is the one area where slander and hate are readily tolerated and even encouraged throughout the world. This is a great source of hope for faithful Catholics. After all, if the world hates God's truth so much, maybe people will actually read the scriptures in-context for themselves instead of just regurgitating the same old out-of-context proof texts.

Catholics view Protestants as seperated brothers and sisters in Christ. We are reminded that Christ is the Truth and The Way, and The Life...and He would not desire anyone to be ignorant of the truth.

Although reviewer ND Protestant wrote in his review of 26 March 2006 what he believes to be true about the Catholic Church, he demonstrates just the opposite by his laundry list of "falsehood in the eyes of any Protestant."

Nothing in Catholic Doctrine is in disagreement with the bible. The Catholic Church gave the world the bible. The bible is the inspired word of God. Every word is truth. The Catholic Church did not add to the bible, rather books were removed by protestants.

As the "pillar and bulwark of truth" [1Tim 3:15], the Catholic Church, not the bible is the interpreter of scripture. In Romans 3:28 the Catholic bible reads "For we maintain that a man is justified by faith apart from works of the law." Martin Luther admitted adding "alone" to this verse. That is Luther's teaching, not God's. 2Peter 1:20 reads "Know this first of all, that there is no prophesy of scripture that is a matter of personal interpretion ."

As ND Protestant's review demonstrates, once you start building on a weak foundation, you can't trust the rest of the structure.

Show me any quote in the bible for "faith alone" or "once saved always saved" or "bible alone". There AREN'T any such statements. But, if people read the bible for themselves, they WILL find "not saved by faith alone" or "..whoever endures to the end will be saved."[Matthew 10:2] or "But there are also many other things which Jesus did; were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written."[John 21:25]
Tiny Print, bad quality  Sep 19, 2005
Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma is a great book, the content is comprehensive and amazingly dense. However, I was deeply disappointed when this book arrived because the text size is tiny and it is a facsimile so the print quality is poor too. The pages waste space because there is a large margin and I find the book practically unusable. A waste of money. Don't buy this book unless you've seen it: TAN must digitally reset this Catholic classic.

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