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Dogma - Dogmatics
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Part of Dogma:

1. Theological Meaning of Dogma

2. Development of Dogma

3. History of Dogma

4. Dogmatics

1. General description. Dogmatics is the science of the Church’s dogma, i.e., systematic reflection undertaken on methodological principles appropriate to dogma and aiming at as comprehensive a grasp of it as possible. This involves reflection on everything necessary or helpful, in method or content, for the understanding of dogma. As in every branch of knowledge, reflection on its own history is an integral part…

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Karl Rahner, “Dogma - Dogmatics”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 01 October 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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