What Is Sacred Theology?


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By Joseph Clifford Fenton | Edited and with an Introduction by Cajetan Cuddy, O.P.

What Is Sacred Theology? (originally published in 1941 as The Concept of Sacred Theology), is renowned theologian Joseph Clifford Fenton’s doctoral dissertation, written under the direction of his mentor Reginald Garrigou-Lagrange, O.P. In these pages, Monsignor Fenton explains how the intellectual work of the theologian always proceeds from God’s revealed truth. Because God himself is holy, his teaching is holy. And because his teaching is holy, authentic theology is always sacred. What Is Sacred Theology? remains a valuable resource for all those who wish to understand the consecrated nature and purpose of theological science.

 Sacred theology is necessary for the people of God, not merely as some extrinsic means for attaining eternal happiness, but as that science which teaches about the very reality in which alone men can hope to find their eternal joy.” Joseph Clifford Fenton

Joseph Clifford Fenton (1906–1969) was professor of fundamental and dogmatic theology at The Catholic University of America and, from 1944 to 1963, the editor of the American Ecclesiastical Review. A peritus at the Second Vatican Council, he wrote six books and numerous articles.

Cajetan Cuddy, O.P., serves as the general editor of Cluny Media’s Thomist Tradition book series. He is the co-author (with Romanus Cessario, O.P.) of Thomas and the Thomists: The Achievement of Thomas Aquinas and his Interpreters (Fortress, 2017).

Paperback: 362pp.

ISBN: 978-1944418618