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.
I just acquired another text by Joseph C. Fenton entitled Laying the Foundation: A Handbook of Catholic Apologetics and Fundamental Theology. Click here to order on amazon.
This is an outstanding contribution to the contemporary theological landscape, for we contemporary theologians have forgotten classical apologetics. However, it is a powerful, formidable source of reflection. It exhibits the rationality of our faith. It exhibits also the unique claim on divine appointment that Catholicism has. For the Catholic religion is the One True Religion. It alone, this day, is appointed by God. Through its teachings, we come to know the truth, about ourselves, about the paths to happiness and misery, about God. Through its agency, we are equipped to mount the ladder to that happiness.
To enter the gates of faith, to submit one’s mind to the Revelation of God as communicated through the Catholic Church, is eminently rational. In fact, the argument is made in this text that not to do so is irrational. But who can submit his mind without hearing the message? Who can believe if never told?
The task is set before us: To give an account for the hope that we cherish, an account before others. To give such an account was the brilliance of theology 50-80 years ago. Alas, the great achievements of that era have been swept away by forgetfulness. The republication of this text of Msgr. Joseph Clifford Fenton can help us cultivate that skill of apologetics.