Introduction to Theology: Tradition, Doctrine, and Culture - DVD
Ronald Thomas, Ph.D.
Item No. C20301
Publication Date: 2013
ORDER HERE - ORDER INFORMATION
What is theology?
In order to understand and fully define what theology is, a few key terms must be understood and defined first - namely Faith and Divine Revelation.
- Faith: St. Anselm says that Faith is a kind of knowledge, an enlargement of understanding in first order. Faith is an ascent, caused by a gift of divine grace, to a type of knowledge, which is revealed, supernaturally, by God.
- Divine Revelation: Divine Revelation contains things that are revealed by God, most importantly in a person, Jesus Christ. St. John’s Gospel puts the matter into its classical formulation: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Christianity is an historical religion, not simply a symbol system or a mental event. It is embodied religion par excellence. It is embodied in time, in the Church, in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, both in Palestine long ago, and on our altars at every moment of every day until the Lord’s return. The Catholic faith cuts in every direction; it is whole and entire. Its effect on a human being is wholeness; its effect on history is total; its significance is eternal. God is God, and Jesus Christ has made Him known.
Theology as a science.
Theology is a science, the “divine science”, that requires intellectual effort to understand the presuppositions, content, and consequences of divine revelation. So, is that opposed to simple faith and humble piety? Not in the least, if the saints are to be trusted. According to some of them—St. Anselm, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine—not to undertake theological discipline, if one possibly can, would be an abdication of the faith and a falsification of the piety that one practices.
Is the study of historical, linguistic and cultural knowledge of theology artificial?
If one defines faith simply by feeling or emotion, then, yes, it could seem artificial. But the Christian faith is saving belief, saving knowledge. Not simply synonymous with the will, still less with feeling, faith is preeminently God’s work in us, not our own work in us. “God is greater than our hearts” (John 3:20) St. John says, and a good thing too! Our hearts can be very warped, indeed. God’s supernatural revelation, on the other hand, brings us what we cannot otherwise have or know, and this revelation is the subject matter of the science called theology.
Join Professor Ronald Thomas, then, as he introduces you to the most important study a person can undertake - the study of “the queen of all sciences.”
About The Author
Professor Ronald Thomas holds his Doctorate in Theology from the University of Cambridge, England, and his Master of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta Georgia. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Memphis, Tennessee. He was also a student of Theology at the University of Goettingen, Germany. Dr. Thomas has taught at Christian Brothers University, Crichton College, the University of Mississippi, and Rhodes College and currently teaches Theology at Belmont Abbey College located in North Carolina. Dr. Thomas is a convert to the Catholic faith after having served for five years as a Methodist minister and 13 years as an Episcopal priest. He both wrote and recorded the popular Meditations on the Stations of the Cross, distributed by Lighthouse Media.
Roman Catholic Book and Videos on DVD
Text of The Third Secret of Fatima - Complete Text
Books and Videos on Padre Pio
Videos and Books on Sr. Faustina and Divine Mercy plus Diary of Sr. Faustina
Catholic Bibles - Family Catholic Bibles, Spanish Catholic Bibles, Church, School and Study Bible Edidions
Bishop Fulton Sheen - Audio Tapes, Videos and Books
THE DOUAY-RHEIMS BIBLE - Now in Larger Print!
Why Should You Read Only the Douay-Rheims Catholic Translation of the Bible?
The Reign of the Antichrist - DVD
Home Page / Statues / Crucifixes / Catholic Resources / Catholic Videos / Roman Catholic Books / Catholic Audio Tapes / Christian Music / Catholic News / Angels / Antisemitism / Animated 1 / Animated 2 / Animated - The New Testament / Animated - The Old Testament / Apparitions of Blessed Virgin Mary - Ave Maria / Apologetics / Art Gallery / Audio Tapes / The Beatification of Padre Pio / Hilaire Belloc / Bible / Catholic Bibles / Books on Bible / Bishop Fulton Sheen / Books / Books on Divine Mercy / A Catholic Theme Park / Children and Youth - Animated / Church Documents / Church History / Creation vs Evolution / The Creature from Jekyll Island / Devil - Satan / Catholic Family Resources / Divine Mercy / Diary of Sister Faustina / Dr. Bernard Nathanson / Errors - Problems of Modern Times / Eucharist and the Mass / Family and Marriage / Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria / Freemasonry / Garabandal / Gifts / Gods of the New Age / Global Tyranny / Health / Hell, Heaven and Purgatory / Home Schooling / John Paul II Collection / Joan of Arc / Journeys of the Soul / Latest Message / Marianland / Marian / Marian Videos / Mariology / Charismatic / Marx and Satan / Medjugorje Miracles and the Message / Miracles in Catholic Church / Money System / Mother Teresa / Music / Free MP3 Music Samples / Yoga / One World Government / Padre Pio (Videos) / Padre Pio (Books) / Pious Publications / The Priesthood / Pro-Life Videos and DVD / Pro-Life Books / Prophecy / Prophecy of The Third Secret of Fatima / Rafael's Art Gallery / Prof. Libor Brom / Religious Education-Adult / Catholic Religious Education-Grade School / Religious Education - High School / Pro-Life Movement vs Rock/Pop Music, MTV, Hollywood, Satanism and Satan / ROSARY / Saints Part 1 / Saints Part 2 / Saints Part 3 / St. Patrick Apostle of Ireland / Scott Hahn, Kimberly Hahn and Bishop Sheen / Shocking Videos on Current Events / Spanish Videos / Spiritual Life / Sr. Faustina / Stigmata and Stigmatist / Theology / True Church and Bible / The UN's Crusade Against God and Family / Vatican II / Videos - Main Section / J. Paddy Nolan / Wayne Weible / Latest news / Sin and Repentance / Fr. Faber / Marian DVD Videos as Seen on EWTN / Mother Teresa / Text of The Third Secret of Fatima / Catholic Books and Audio Tapes