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Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma: [Paperback]

Ludwig Ott , James C. Bastible , Patrick Lynch
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5.0 out of 5 stars De fide, two words not heard enough today Jan. 27 2004
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Nothing is ever quite so blunt as dogma. Nor as charming. Buy this if you are either a Catholic who has no idea what "Fr.Wundaba" (that's swell, I'm OK, you're OK) was talking about or are an inquisitive non-Catholic Christian who wants some food for thought and alternative exegesis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dogma isTruth and Truth is Dogma Nov. 3 2003
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One of the best books I think you'll find on Catholic truth.
Which is the only truth there is when it comes to Religion!
I really like what Pius XII has to add to the dogma.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Superb Sept. 16 2002
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I can't recommend this book highly enough. This is the definitive reference manual for the Catholic faith. Excellent references are made to both the Sacred Scripture as well as church fathers, popes and councils.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Roman Catholics are Required to Believe Feb. 24 2002
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During my spiritual journey to find a home, I came to rely on this excellent compendium of solid catholic theology during a time when I found most clergy and laity unsure of what it was they did believe -- or believed anything they wanted, despite centuries of belief to the contrary. As a resource document, it is without parallel after the Documents of Vatican II.
The documents of Vatican II are a clearer, wider, and more spiritual exposition of what the Church today believes. But sometimes, with so many mixed messages from pulpit and revisionists, the Documents of Vatican II can present difficulties to those uncertain of core beliefs.
That's where this book comes in. This book is systematic theology at its best. It posits the dogmas of the Church in a clear and unequivocal manner, and then goes about supplying the historical foundations for these dogmas. These foundations include ecumenical councils as well as writings of the saints. If a certain proposition is "de fide," it is of unquestioned belief. But there are other propositions that are not "de fide," that are provided to sharpen the core deposit from speculative ideas.
I refer to this book often when I come across propositions I find either doubtful or equivocal. Not only does it provide the clear and unadulterated truths of the catholic faith, but it provides the raison d'etre for those truths, making it a wealth of clear exposition of why catholics believe what they believe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Reference Dec 8 2001
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Being published in the 1950's in no way diminishes the "up to dateness" of this work. While the "Catechism of the Catholic Church" should be the first teaching reference point for the modern Catholic, Ott's Fundamentals provides additional reference material and a much more indepth exposition of the Faith. Errors as well as truths are presented in their proper contexts of historical developement. This is not a devotional work, yet it is invaluable for "renewing the mind."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Reference Work June 21 2001
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This great book is very comprehensive, structured, and a great resource to look up (or just browse!) what the Catholic Church teaches and why. Generally, for each doctrine, Fr. Ott lists scriptural, historical, and rational evidence as well as evidence from Church Tradition. This makes it a very handy compendium, especially when looking for the *sources* of Church teaching. After each teaching, Ott lists the degree of authority with which it had been promulgated up until 1954. And no, the fact that it was written in 1954 does not make it old or out of date, by ANY means. Truth is truth, whether it was written in 1954 or in 2001. You will not regret purchasing this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful encyclopedia of dogmatic theology June 20 2001
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Ludwig Ott's work is an extremely useful reference tool for anyone wanting to know what the Church teaches. The book not only lists the teachings of the Church, but also lists whether the teaching has been declared dogma. In addition, it lists from which scriptural text a teaching has been derived and what various fathers and councils have said. We learn of the major heretics who denied various teachings and what their denials were based upon. Contrary to what an earlier reviewer claimed, the book does state (although very briefly) which teachings upon which any given dogma is based. Even speculative theology is touched upon. Ott's work has proven to be consistently useful to me in apologetics, systematic theology, and history. I believe it will be useful to nearly anyone interested in these subjects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Research Tool! Feb. 12 2001
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The most accurate thing that can be said about Ott's effort is that this book is a veritable compendium of Catholic theology.
Ott gives significant attention to dogmas which are considered de fide, those matters that Catholics must believe. Good examples of these things in the book are the divinity of Christ, the Trinity etc. However, Ott does not ignore other doctrine which is not de fide but must command the religious assent of all Catholics. The treatment of these subjects is equally comprehensive.
If you are considering doing any scholarly work in the field of Catholic doctrine, this book is a must. If you are teaching Catholic doctrine to others, this resource is valuable as a tool for checking to make sure that your teaching is orthodox.
Ott does not stop at providing scriptural citations for Catholic doctrine. His most impressive effort is citation to Church history and texts from early fathers which clearly support the doctrine.
The next step would be to get ahold of those source documents. This book is comprehensive. The casual reader should probably not expect to be able to glide through its pages from front to back. I tried it and never quite made it through.
However, it is one of the best resources I have in my home library. A serious student of Christian apologetics and Catholic apologetics in particular must buy this book.
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