Matthias Joseph Scheeben's masterful Handbook of Catholic Dogmatics: Book One: Theological Epistemology, Part Two: Theological Knowledge Considered in Itself, translated by Michael J. Miller, concludes the first book of Scheeben's magnum opus.
In Book One, Part Two, readers will find Scheeben's examination of faith, the subjective principle of theological knowledge. In exact yet beautiful prose, he moves from the study of human belief to supernatural faith, while preserving the reasonableness, freedom, and certainty that accompany faith.
Maintaining theology is indeed a "sacred science," Scheeben treats the understanding of faith by demonstrating human reason's relationship to the deposit of faith. He concludes this work by shedding light on the subject of dogmatic theology itself, recounting its history from the Patristic era to his own time.
"Completing the first English edition of Matthias Joseph Scheeben's Handbook of Catholic Theology, this eagerly expected volume comprises an extraordinarily rich and profound treatment of the nature of the Christian faith as well as of sacred theology and its history from the patristic period to the nineteenth century. This volume is a must-read for theologians, priests, graduate students, seminarians, and""indeed"" bishops who, suffering under a spiritually desiccated and intellectually vacuous climate desire to drink from the water hose and thereby rediscover the full scope of Catholic theology in a state of full flowering. Scheeben's exceptionally rich and deeply rewarding theology of faith is alone worth the price of the book."
Reinhardt Htter, The Catholic University of America