Fundamental theology

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Fundamental theology is a relatively recent[when?] theological discipline whose object and method have not altogether been clarified by theologians themselves.[1] It is clear, however, that a task of fundamental theology is to verify the foundations of theology. Thus, before deepening in the knowledge of God, Christ, the Church or the sacraments, theology has to deepen into the dogma, which is in turn the foundation of everything else: Revelation.[2] Unlike apologetics, fundamental theology does not directly work towards evangelization, but the analysis of where and by what means God brings human beings to assent to His Word.[3]


  1. ^ Ocariz - Blanco, Fernando - Arturo (1998). Revelación, Fe y Credibilidad (in Spanish). Madrid: Pelícano. p. 11. ISBN 84-8239-287-5. 
  2. ^ Torrell, Jean-Perre (1998). La Teologia Cattolica (in Italian (Published first in French in 1994)). Milano: Jaca Book. pp. 60–61. ISBN 88-16-30333-6. 
  3. ^ Dulles, SJ, Avery (May 2004). "The Rebirth of Apologetics". First Things.