The Shape of Catholic Theology: An Introduction to Its Sources, Principles, and History

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Liturgical Press, 1991 - Religion - 374 pages
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An exemplary summary of the state of Catholic theology and what appears to be its future.

This historical treatment of Catholic theology looks not to the content of that theology but rather to the form in which that content is contained and how it is expressed. Faithful to Catholic teaching yet critical, discerning yet impartial, Nichols offers this introduction to dogmatic theology, with the firm belief that dogmatics are the center of theology, and that any theological discipline which cuts itself off from these heartlands does so at its own peril. For it is in dogmatics that theology is in touch with the heart of revelation, and only by virtue of the quality of its contact with that revelation is thinking Christian at all.

Though comprehensive and far-reaching, this work is not beyond the understanding of people just commencing a study of theology. It makes an excellent text for study groups.

 

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I am currently reading this book for Introduction to Theology. The author's writing style is high-powered enough to enlighten, but not so much that someone new to theology will be lost. I highly recommend it.

Contents

Preface
7
Abbreviations
9
Introducing Theology
11
The Habit of Theology
13
The Task of Theology
27
The Role of Philosophy in Theology
39
General Principles
41
The Existence and Concept of God
55
Inerrancy
131
The Letter
141
The Spirit
154
Tradition as a Source in Theology
163
The Nature of Tradition
165
The Liturgy and Christian Art
181
Fathers Councils and Creeds
200
The Sense of the Faithful
221

Theodicy and the Idea of Salvation
66
The Possibility and Historicity of Revelation
74
The Philosophical Principle of Order in Theology
91
Scripture as a Source in Theology
97
Canonicity
99
Inspiration
110
Experience
235
The Magisterium
248
Soundings in Theological History
263
The Theological Principle of Order
349
Index of Names
366
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Fr. Aidan Nichols, O.P., of Blackfriars, Cambridge, is a lecturer at Cambridge University. He was awarded the title Sacrae Theologiae Magister by the Dominican order in 2003. His many important works include "The Shape of Catholic Theology: An Introduction to its Sources, Principles and History; Epiphany: A Theological Introduction to Catholicism; Lovely, like Jerusalem: The Fulfillment of the Old Testament in Christ and the Church; The Thought of Pope Benedict XVI: An Introduction to the Theology of Joseph Ratzinger"; and, most recently, "Lost in Wonder: Essays on Liturgy and the Arts.

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