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An Introduction to Fundamental Theology
Lawrence Feingold

Faith Comes from What Is Heard: An Introduction to Fundamental Theology informs both the heart and mind as it brings together dogmatic and biblical theology, the Thomistic tradition, the teachings of the Fathers of the Church, and the contemporary Magisterium. Drawing heavily upon the works of St. Thomas Aquinas, Bl. John Henry Newman, Joseph Ratzinger, and St. John Paul II, the author examines the foundations of Catholic theology, or Fundamental Theology, ‘which is theology’s reflection on itself as a discipline, its method, and its foundation in God’s Revelation transmitted to us through Scripture and Tradition.’

“Although Faith Comes from What Is Heard is useful for all Catholics who want to understand the foundations of their faith, it is specifically designed to serve as a textbook for courses in Fundamental Theology in seminaries and in graduate and undergraduate programs in theology. It can also serve as a textbook for introductory theology and Scripture courses. The topics covered in Faith Comes from What Is Heard include:

  • Revelation and Faith
  • Theology
  • Tradition and the Magisterium
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • the Historicity of the Gospels
  • and Biblical Typology”

“Lawrence Feingold’s new book on Fundamental Theology is one of the finest treatments of this subject in English. His presentation is entirely faithful to the Magisterium and he writes in a clear and accessible manner. He makes excellent use of sources and his expositions of subtle topics such as biblical inerrancy and magisterial authority are extremely helpful and illuminating.”

—Robert L. Fastiggi, Professor of Systematic Theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary

“Every now and then a book comes along that changes everything. Dr. Feingold has produced such a book. Within hours of receiving the manuscript I found myself lecturing from its pages. I believe Faith Comes from What Is Heard will become the standard text in its field and the obvious choice for those who teach fundamental theology in seminaries and universities. But it will do still more than that. This is the book that will make fundamental theology accessible to motivated Catholic laity outside the academy.”

—Scott Hahn, Father Michael Scanlan, TOR,
Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization, Franciscan University of Steubenville

“When Lawrence Feingold published his seminal The Natural Desire to See God, critics feared that it presaged a reawakening and reanimation of the Catholic scholastic tradition. His new book energetically and serenely proves the critics right, but in a manner which none could have predicted, and in so doing confirms what his many friends have long known, namely, Professor Feingold’s preeminence among those reviving scholastic theology in a contemporary and highly accessible vein.”

—Matthew Levering, James N. and Mary D. Perry, Jr. Chair of Theology, Mundelein Seminary

All of the above is from the website of the publisher, Emmaus Road Publishing


  • Part 1, Revelation and Faith: God Speaks to Man and Our Response
    Chapter 1, Revelation and Salvation History
    Chapter 2, The Virtue of Divine Faith
    Chapter 3, Motives of Credibility for Faith
  • Part 2, Theology: Faith Seeking Understanding
    Chapter 4, Should Theology Exist? Two Orders of Knowledge About God
    Chapter 5, The Science of Theology
    Chapter 6, Theological Method
  • Part 3, Transmission of Revelation Through Tradition and Magisterium
    Chapter 7, Apostolic Tradition and the “Oral Torah”
    Chapter 8, Apostolic Succession: Hierarchical Nature of the Transmission of Revelation
    Chapter 9, The Magisterium of the Church, the Charism of Infallibility, and the Three Grades of Assent
  • Part 4, The Inspiration and Truth of Scripture: Biblical Hermeneutics
    Chapter 10, Inspiration of Scripture
    Chapter 11, The Truth of Scripture
    Chapter 12, Principles and Methods of Biblical Interpretation
  • Part 5, Historicity of the Gospels
    Chapter 13, Was Christ’s Claim a Myth? Challenge to the Historicity of the Gospels
    Chapter 14, Apostolic Origin of the Four Gospels
    Chapter 15, Historical Character of the Four Gospels
  • Part 6, Biblical Typology
    Chapter 16, The Four Senses of Scripture
    Chapter 17, Scriptural References to Typology
    Chapter 18, Fittingness of Biblical Typology
  • Bibliography, Index, Scripture Index

Emmaus Road Publishing, ©2016, Hard Cover, 648 pages