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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.
What makes this volume so valuable is its precision and clarity: one can easily look up a particular doctrine of the Church and see what status it has---that is, how formally it has been defined by the Church. Moreover, for every point of doctrine it states with exact precision which opinions are consonant with Church teaching, which are tolerated, and which are contrary. These are things that are beyond the scope of, say, the new Universal Catechism. However, all well-informed Catholics ought to know them.
The _Fundamentals_ is highly recommended, and I urge all Catholics who want to know their faith well to get the book along with the new Universal Catechism.
The dogmas are given in a clear statement, with the level of certainty to which they are held in the Church, and must be therefore held by the Faithful. (eg. 'De Fide' is 'of the Faith' and must be believed by all Catholics. 'Sententia Fide Proxima' is a doctrine generally recognized by theologians but not formally pronounced by the Church, etc.)
While the other reviewers have repeatedly mentioned the brevity of Ludwig Ott's book, be assured that his presentations are thorough and theologically deep. Each doctrine is given with its scriptural basis, its historical development in the writings the Fathers, the statements of the councils of the Church, the heretical counter arguments against each dogma, and the theological and philosophical arguments that form the Church's basic arguments for each doctrine. I was gratified to find that many of the clever and less than obvious scripture arguments for our Faith used by popular apologists like Scott Hahn, Gerry Matatix, and Tim Staples, are found in this old classic book, which draws its arguments from classical Catholic lines of thought dating from Trent and the Fathers and the Doctors of the Church.
One essential feature of Ludwig Ott's writing is his forthright clarity. He openly and clearly states if a doctrine has no explicit scriptural reference and has only implicit support. He states openly when the Fathers are divided on a doctrine, and states the philosophical arguments through which the Church resolves the issue.Read more ›
As the forward indicates, this work is an excellent guide for busy parish priests who wish to refresh themselves on the reasonings and justifications for particular doctrines or themes. It is also accessible to the informed layman. The volume is also of potential value to the honest Protestant, seeking to understand the teachings of the Catholic Church.
I highly recommend this book.
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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. Read morePublished on Jan. 27 2004 by Gregory J. R. Bourke
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! Read more
I can't recommend this book highly enough. This is the definitive reference manual for the Catholic faith. Read morePublished on Sept. 16 2002 by A. Vivolo
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2002 by D. S. Heersink
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... Read morePublished on Dec 8 2001 by Zachary Flummerfelt
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. Read morePublished on June 21 2001 by M. P. D.
Ludwig Ott's work is an extremely useful reference tool for anyone wanting to know what the Church teaches. Read morePublished on June 20 2001 by Patrick Teasley
Perusing the comments below, I would like to offer my two cents. First, Ott's book is good for what it does--namely, it is a great encyclopedia of dogmatic theology. Read morePublished on Sept. 20 2000 by Jeff Ambrose