One of our customers sent us the following note about Denzinger’s Sources of Catholic Dogma:
Thanks, Mike. It’s truly the most informative book I use in my research on the development of dogma in the Catholic Church. Besides the dogmatism that will never change, it’s also interesting to see how certain issues have evolved over the centuries. A part of the book on Daniel I’m writing begins with a primer in hermenuetics, that is, the interpretation of The Scriptures, and it is this resource that continues to provide me needed insight with any subject I may be studying.
Many, for example, over reacted and jettisoned the use of the humanities, including one of Pope Leo XII predecessors, as a direct result of the destructive historical criticism during the late 19th century. Under his leadership, however, he understood the contributions the humanities can make and was led to write Providentissimus Deus which was released on November 18, 1893. The release of both Divino Afflante Spiritu by Pope Pius XII commemorating the 50th anniversary of this crucial encyclical in the history of interpretation, in addition to The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church in 1993, marking its 100th anniversary under Pope John II, along with those other related documents, has provided the foundation upon which all hermeneuts should now stand.
As an ordained Evangelical Methodist, I am appalled at how fundamentalists and dispensationalists, who still refuse to this day, to utilize the humanities in the interpretation of Scripture. In fact, they are either interpreting The Bible from a strict, literalist standpoint, propagating their own pseudo-theological agenda or have produced the “various kinds of millenarian delusions” (IBC, p. 59, 1993) in which The Magisterium condemned on 7/21/1944 (SCD: Millenarianism, no. 2296, p. 625). Unfortunately, not only have they been deluded, but many of my evangelical brothers and sisters have been duped as well.
The issue remains, and will remain as long as the Lord tarries, one of the authority. While so many Protestants still support the naivete of Luther’s “right to private judgment,” which he quickly retracted, they either have forgotten about this retraction or have intentionally ignore it. Although I’m not in full communion with The Roman Catholic Church, we remain “the one holy, catholic and apostolic church” and must do our best to place ourselves under the ecclesial authority of The Magisterium. Therefore, this book, in my judgment, with all due respect, is not only “the most important book missing from your Catholic Library,” but from any Christian’s Library.
Viva La Santa Croce,
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