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FUNDAMENTAL THEOLOGY

That branch of theology which establishes the fact that God has made a supernatural revelation and established the Church, founded by Christ, as its divinely authorized custodian and interpreter. It is called theology because it is a science dealing with God; and it is fundamental because its role is to set forth the rational foundations of the Catholic faith. In some circles the term "fundamental theology" has taken on a derived and secondary meaning, namely the science of the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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