Category Archives: Dogmatic Theology I

Dogmatic Theology 1.4: Organic Development of Doctrine

In this podcast, I defend the place of “propositions” in theology, I discuss the Magisterium and its exercise in greater detail, and I discuss the authentic notion of organic development of doctrine, against the “evolutionary” reading of dogmatic development. The notion of dogmatic development as “evolutionary” is a war against the very faith itself. It is at bottom, wittingly or not, a Pelagian attempt to make man into the God who speaks.

Log, Tree, Bark, Aesthetic

Dogmatic Theology 1.3: Scripture and Tradition

How is the once-given Revelation passed on to you and me? God spoke to the prophets and as our Incarnate Lord, but how does that speech, how do those deeds, get passed on to you and me? How do we come to learn of them?

Through Scripture and Tradition. These are the Two Sources of Revelation. The Magisterium is the interpreter of these two sources. (Note: An earlier version stopped at about 36 minutes. Apparently, the file was too large. I’ve fixed this.)

The Rosary, Bible, The Scriptures, Cross

Dogmatic Theology 1.1 What IS Dogmatic Theology?

Today, I begin my series of podcasts on Dogmatic Theology. In the first two podcasts, however, I call it (in the podcast) “Systematic Theology,” following the (unfortunate) trend for the past 1 or 2 centuries in some Protestant circles, also imitated in many Catholic circles and now nearly universal in academia.

I divide my coverage of Dogmatic (aka Systematic) Theology into two main sections: I and II. Dogmatic Theology I covers: What is Systematic Theology, Faith and Revelation, God’s Existence, The Trinity, Creation, Grace, and Original Sin.

Dogmatic Theology II covers: Sin and the Grace of Justification, Christology, Church, Sacraments, and Eschatology.

As I will reiterate, it will be of considerable help to obtain a copy of Outlines of these podcasts. For today’s podcast, the Outlines for Systematic Theology I are relevant.  I will likely bounce back and forth between the first section and the section section. To organize the blog, I will number the podcasts according to Section and Podcast. Today is Section 1, podcast 1. That amounts to the following look:

Systematic Theology 1.1

I will follow this with a brief title of the contents of the podcast. Further, I have created a Folder for “Systematic Theology I” and will create another for the second section. In this way, you will be able to listen to these in order. Since they are lengthy (20-30 minutes each, sometimes longer), I will post less frequently.

May whatever is both true and useful in this podcast be of benefit to you.