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Augustine, Free Will and God’s Grace

In this video, Dr. Italy discusses Augustine's fight against both Manicheans and Pelagians defending free will on the one hand and the utter necessity of grace on the other. In this, video #20 in his series on the Catholic Theological Tradition, Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D. (Dr. Italy)...

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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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Muslim Child healed of Cancer through the Prayers of St. Charbel

St. Sharbel was a Lebanese Maronite hermit in the second half of the 19th century renown for holiness and miracles.  Since his death in 1898, Christians and non-Christians alike have come to his shrine seeking healing through his intercession. This short video is a moving story...

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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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Catholic Theological Tradition – Why History Matters

Dr. Italy in this video makes clear why the history of theology matters, why we should bother to expend time and effort studying the past.  The first video from his course the Catholic Theological Tradition.  Henry Ford said "history is bunk."  Technological advancement for him and...

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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...