Since no word is spoken unless it is heard, fundamental theology also investigates the conditions of hearing the word of God, the very hearing itself in the assent of faith, and a necessary consequence of this hearing. The remote conditions of hearing are also what theology calls our ability to come to the knowledge of the preambula fidei- the things about God than can be known by the natural light (chapter 5). The immediate condition of hearing is the credibility of the word (chapter 6). Hearing is faith (chapter 7). And true hearing gives the hearer to recapitulate what is heard in his own wondering and thankful voice in theology (chapter 8). The introduction to theology in the last chapter is by way of considering the history of Catholic theology in the 20th century.
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"If the edifice of a unified systematic and dogmatic theology depends upon the foundation that is fundamental theology, then what Fr. Mansini offers is an outstanding contribution to the unity of theology so critical for the renewal of Catholic theology. At the same time, he has written his book with the student in mind. He presents a fundamental theology that is intelligible, superbly comprehensive, tightly integrated and yet concise, making it ideal for use in the classroom."—Lawrence J. Welch, Kendrick-Glennon Seminary, Archdiocese of St. Louis
"For those who think neoscholastic fundamental theology is a praiseworthy effort, Mansini's focus on the propositional content of revelation and dogma, and faith as assent to a proposition, his criticisms of historical analysis and non-propositional accounts of revelation will be welcome."—Theological Studies
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