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Catholic Biblical Apologetics: Divine Revelation ^ | 1985-1991 | Dr. Robert Schihl and Paul Flanagan

Posted on 02/25/2010 9:38:42 PM PST by Salvation

Catholic Biblical Apologetics

Apologetics without apology!

What does the Roman Catholic Church teach about ...? ... and why?

This website surveys the origin and development of Roman Catholic Christianity from the period of the apostolic church, through the post-apostolic church and into the conciliar movement. Principal attention is paid to the biblical basis of both doctrine and dogma as well as the role of paradosis (i.e. handing on the truth) in the history of the Church. Particular attention is also paid to the hierarchical founding and succession of leadership throughout the centuries.

This is a set of lecture notes used since 1985 to teach the basis for key doctrines and dogmas of the Roman Catholic Church. The objectives of the course were, and are:

The course grew out of the need for the authors to continually answer questions about their faith tradition and their work. (Both authors are active members of Catholic parish communities in the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia. Dr. Robert Schihl was a Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Communication and the Arts at Regent University. Paul Flanagan is a consultant specializing in preparing people for technology based changes.) At the time these notes were first prepared, the authors were spending time in their faith community answering questions about their Protestant Evangelical workplaces (Mr. Flanagan was then a senior executive at the Christian Broadcasting Network), and time in their workplaces answering similar questions about their Roman Catholic faith community. These notes are the result of more than a decade of facilitating dialogue among those who wish to learn more about what the Roman Catholic Church teaches and why.

Divine Revelation

Divine Revelation

Revelation is defined literally as the uncovering or disclosure of something that is hidden. The Bible itself addresses the meaning of revelation.

Heb 1:1-2
In times past, God spoke in partial and various ways to our ancestors through the prophets; in these last days, he spoke to us through a son, whom he made heir of all things and through whom he created the universe,
1 Cor 2:9-10
But as it is written: "What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has prepared for those who love him," this God has revealed to us through the Spirit.
Mt 16:17
Jesus said to him in reply, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father."
Mt 11:27
All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.
2 Pet 1:21
for no prophecy ever came through human will; but rather human beings moved by the holy Spirit spoke under the influence of God.
Rom 1:19
For what can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them.

The Roman Catholic Church, through her teaching arm, at the Second Vatican Council also defined what is meant by revelation:

Constitution on Divine Revelation, No. 2
In his goodness and wisdom God chose to reveal himself and to make known to us the hidden purpose of his will by which, through Christ the Word made flesh, people have access to the Father in the Holy Spirit and come to share in the divine nature. Through this revelation, therefore, the invisible God out of the abundance of his love speaks to his people as friends and lives among them, so that he may invite them into fellowship with Himself.

TOPICS: Apologetics; Catholic; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: apologetics; bible; catholic; catholiclist
Starting the section of Divine Revelation by Letter -- the Bible
1 posted on 02/25/2010 9:38:42 PM PST by Salvation
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2 posted on 02/25/2010 9:40:24 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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3 posted on 02/25/2010 9:52:48 PM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Rom 1:19:
For what can be known about God is evident to them, because God made it evident to them.


4 posted on 02/26/2010 5:41:33 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A. Einstein])
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