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Dogmatic Theology

“Dogmatic theology is that part of theology which treats of the theoretical truths of faith concerning God and His works (dogmata fidei), whereas moral theology has for its subject-matter the practical truths of morality (dogmata morum). At times, apologetics or fundamental theology is called “general dogmatic theology”, dogmatic theology proper being distinguished from it as “special dogmatic theology”. However, according to present-day usage, apologetics is no longer treated as part of dogmatic theology but has attained the rank of an independent science, being generally regarded as the introduction to and foundation of dogmatic theology. The present article shall deal first with those questions which are fundamental to dogmatic theology and then briefly review its historical development due to the acumen and indefatigable industry with which the theologians of every civilized country and of every century have cultivated and promoted this science.” -Joseph Pohle, “Dogmatic Theology.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. Vol. 14. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1912.

The greatest single work on Catholic Theology (both Dogmatic and Moral) is the Summa Theologiae of Saint Thomas Aquinas.

Summa Theologiae – Prima Pars

Summa Theologiae – Pars Prima Secundae

Summa Theologiae – Secunda Secundae

Summa Theologiae – Tertia Pars

And a complete catalogue of the Dogmatic pronouncements of the Church can be found in:

Denzinger’s Sources of Catholic Dogma – Online (Purchase)

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