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Avery Dulles: Witness and Teacher

[dropcaps type='normal' font_size='100' color='' background_color='' border_color='']I[/dropcaps] was thrilled to be accepted to Harvard Divinity School, and even more excited by their very generous scholarship offer.  But I had to turn Harvard down.  Though it had much less prestige, the Catholic University of America had Avery Dulles on its faculty...

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Clement of Rome – Apostolic Succession & Unity

In this 4th video #4, Dr. Italy explains what the First Letter of Clement of Rome reveals about Christian life and thought in the last years of the first century, especially regarding church order, apostolic succession, and Christian unity....

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The Contribution of Justin Martyr – Video

In this 35 minute video, Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. (Dr. Italy) explains the importance of Justin Martyr, a second century philosopher turned apologist, on the development of Christian Thought. The first pagan intellectual to embrace the Christian faith and use some of the conceptual background of philosophy...

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Divine Revelation – How & Why?

Video in which Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. discusses the how and why of Divine Revelation - God's purpose for revealing himself and the way he goes about it. God enters into human history and reveals himself for a purpose - and it not exclusively or even primarily...

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Fundamental Theology – What it is & Why It’s Decisive

In this brief video, Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. ("Dr. Italy") explains what Fundamental Theology is and why it is not just important, but pivotal and even decisive for determining what we believe about God, ourselves, and how we are to live. Christians and non-believers alike are often...

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Ignatius of Antioch – Martyr & Apostolic Father

In this video, Dr. Italy discusses the importance of Ignatius, 2nd successor to Peter, Paul, and Barnabas in the city of Antioch.  The precious 7 letters that survive from him are a precious testimony to the apostolic tradition. There are few more inspiring figures in the...

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Authority in the Early Church – Irenaeus to Origen

In this 30 minute video, Dr. Italy explains the paramount issue that Christians had to resolve in the second century, the issue of authority -- scripture, tradition and what is now called magisterium.   He shows how the heresy of Marcion and the Gnostics helped such...

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Ressourcement Theology Bibliography

Ressourcement Theology and its Intellectual Background A Select Bibliography Ressourcement Theology was a theological movement from the early 20th century through the Second Vatican Council that saw the key to the revitalization of both theology and pastoral life in the church as lying in a reappropriation of...