Audio Lectures on Development of Doctrine

They can be found here. (HT, sorta)

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  1. Considering the lecturers university affiliation, that’s probably going to be a hyper-conservative Catholic set of lectures. If you want to test that theory, see if in the first two lectures or so he even addresses the potential anachronism of using a term like “pope” for the earliest Bishops of Rome. I prefer to read Pelikan on the Development of Doctrine, but, of course, he ended up Eastern Orthodox.

    1. I love Pelikan! I believe you are correct, Jeremy, however, some people believe that doctrine was simply not developed, so you have to start somewhere.

      1. Pelikan was very influential for me because he gives voice to the popular level religion of the early church that one finds in the places like the prayers of the catacombs instead of only to the church fathers and the like. I remember getting into his bibliographies a bit and finding an old monograph of nothing but inscriptions from the catacombs. It very substantially changed the way I thought. Anyway … one of the Pelikan books that I’ve recommended time and time again for people to get a start is A Vindication of Tradition. It is a very short work, only 94 pages and immensely accessible since it is made up of lectures given for a general audience. Don’t know if you’ve read it, but if not, you might check it out here – http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0300036388/thechuofjesch-20/

        1. I’ve added to my wishlist. I have a free trial with Amazon Prime, meaning that I don’t pay shipping costs, so I have to be careful with my itchy buy finger.

          I’ll check the book out, however.

          1. I’ve been on Amazon Prime for a little over two years now. It can be a tool of Satan, but for the most part it’s one of the greatest investments ever. It has saved me a good bit of money when I’ve needed books or gifts in a bind.

  2. You know one of the biggest problems I have as a Catholic though is with apologists who affirm the development of doctrine, yet they are so uber-conservative that they don’t allow for further development. It’s like “Yes, doctrine did develop, but now the church has everything perfectly in its infallible place.” You cannot make use of the idea that doctrine develops apologetically and then not allow for further development.

          1. He is like John Paul, and wrote some of it as a younger theolog. He is by far the most “bliblical” minded theologian Rome has seen in a long time, he likes Augustine also. I am just now into Hahn’s.. ‘Covenant and Communion, the Biblical Theology of Pope Benedict XVI”.

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