Category Archives: Dogmatic Theology I

Dogmatic Theology 1.11: Pluralism in Theology

This is a podcast on Legitimate and Illegitimate pluralism in theology.

First, we paint two caricatures of errors. Two extremes, as it were. These are obviously problematic.

Then, we argue for a more profound understanding of this issue. God is one. All differences among the saints and doctors must not be prized for their own sakes. Rather, we must let truth build lovely upon truth. Thus, all that rises must converge.

Dogmatic Theology 1.10: Modernism Part 2

I complete my treatment of Pius X’s portrait and condemnation of Modernism.

Again, this is a portrait gathered from many elements. He is not saying that anyone exactly matches the portrait. He is arguing that there is a coherent logic in the thing portrayed. So, sundry instantiations of this portrait are possible. Many “family resemblances.” And, lo and behold, this seems true enough, as I suggest.

Dogmatic Theology 1.9: Pius X and Modernism Part 1

This is the first of 2 podcasts on Pius X’s portrait of Modernism. It is a coherent portrait of the disparate elements of modernism wrapped up in one.

It is not that any thinker exactly instantiates this portrait. Rather, the various elements suggest this converging view on the various matters of theology. I suggest that there are indeed theologies of recent memory that have, to greater and lesser degrees, “family resemblances” to this portrait. Pius X is to be commended for drawing up the portrait. Family resemblances of this great heresy are, alas, still with us. Worse: Their proponents are secretive. It is an “occult heresy.”

Dogmatic Theology 1.8a: Catholicism the One True Religion

In this podcast, I make an initial argument that the Catholic religion is the one true religion. I say initial because in this podcast, I argue for the core truths of Christianity. It is indeed “summary,” an invitation to read some excellent sources on your own.

First, I note the Church’s teaching that Catholicism is the one true religion. Second, I note the Church’s teaching that the first claim is made knowable to reason by certain signs in world history. Third, I note some of these signs.

Dogmatic Theology 1.5: Faith

This podcast treats the act of faith. What is faith and how does it differ from natural reason? Whether it is in conflict with reason or not? Which is superior, faith or reason? A sketch of various positions that deviate from the Catholic view of faith and reason.

In short: Faith and Reason are two lights, each given by God, one natural (and thus native to man) and the other supernatural (and thus an added gift). By these as by two wings, we make our way towards the heavenly life.

2 Pendant Lamps Turned on

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