This great work by Ludwig Ott presents a comprehensive yet concise outline of the entire system of Catholic doctrine, laying out its sources in Scripture and Tradition as taught by the Magisterium of the Church. The level of authority behind each doctrinal point is indicated and there are frequent references to the teachings of Fathers, Doctors and numerous Saints of the Church. This definitive work of dogmatics is presented in a language that is both academically rigorous and accessible to laymen. Whilst written for study purposes it is suitable to anyone who wants to go beyond the basics in understanding the faith.
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Ludwig Ott. These positive "articles of faith" have the function of fundamental principles which the faithful accepts without discussion as being certain and sure by virtue of the authority of God, Who is absolute truth Council of the Vatican. They represent the mind of Christ as St. Paul says: 1 Cor. Hebrews Since Our Catholic Faith comes from God, they are not open for debate, and they are not reversible. The Christian is called to adhere to Christ and His teaching integrally ; the unity of faith is the dominant motif of divine revelation on which St.
Paul insists energetically, when he writes: 1 Cor. There is, then, no place for " pick and choose " in the truths proposed to the Faith of Christians by the Infallible Teaching Church for they are bound in Heaven by God Himself. If something is decreed on earth and is also bound in Heaven, that thing must be the truth.
Otherwise, God is no longer the Truth, which is contrary to the Gospel: Matthew And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in Heaven.
The Catholic Church is infallible because it is: 1 Tim If a baptized person deliberately denies or contradicts a dogma, he or she is guilty of sin of heresy and automatically becomes subject to the punishment of excommunication. From the work of Dr. With Imprimatur of Cornelius, Bishop.
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Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma
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Ludwig Ott 24 October in Neumarkt-St. He received his doctorate in Munich under Martin Grabmann and was mentored by him in studying the development of medieval theology. From to he was the rector of this Catholic university. His research centered mostly in the area of dogmatics. With his Fundamentals of Catholic Dogma he produced a standard reference work on dogmatics. The work, popular with both clergy and laity, has been translated into more than ten languages.