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The blog of the Dominican student brothers at Blackfriars, Oxford.

Built on the four pillars of our Dominican life – preaching, prayer, study, and community – Godzdogz offers many resources for exploring the Catholic Faith today.
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Doctors of the Church: Basil

Monday, March 19, 2018
"The love of God is not something that is taught, for we do not learn from another to rejoice in the light or to desire life, nor has anyone taught us to love our parents or nurses.” (Long Rules Q. 2) Read more

Doctors of the Church: St Athanasius

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

God became a what we are in order to make us what he is’ – St Athanasius in The Incarnation of the Word Read more

Doctors of the Church: St Jerome

Monday, February 26, 2018
The next of our western doctors of the Church in this series is the formidable character of St Jerome. It is to him we can give thanks for the Vulgate, the Latin translation of Holy Scripture, which continues to serve all these centuries later as the authoritative Latin Bible. It is this translation for which he is most well known. He produced also not only further translations of other works, such as the ‘Chronicon Eusebii Caesariensis’, but he also contributed to biblical scholarship through his commentaries on Holy Scripture. He was truly a man immersed in the world of the Bible. Furthermore he was known to engage in debate with heretics and schismatics, such as the Luciferians, and those who doubted the perpetual virginity of Our Lady.  Read more

Doctors of the Church: Augustine

Monday, February 12, 2018
Given that we here at Blackfriars chose to blog during this academic term on Doctors of the Church, writing a post on Saint Augustine, one of Christian theology’s most important voices, was a must! Saint Augustine lived a life of profound searching, both of his own soul and of truth in general as his immense body of theological work reveals, especially his seminal Confessions.  Read more

Doctors of the Church: Ambrose

Monday, January 22, 2018

Ambrose of Milan: what sort of personality hides behind this name? Pastoral bishop, monastic doctor, poet, or political agitator? The breadth of his achievement is outstanding, particularly if we consider the troubled times he lived in. For he lived in the same century that had earlier seen Emperor Constantine’s publication of the Edict of Milan which allowed Christians to build churches and worship freely. Despite this, the Roman Empire was still deeply divided: politically, between East and West, but also religiously, between Christians and pagans, between Arians, who rejected the Council of Nicaea, and Catholics who accepted its Trinitarian teaching. Read more

Doctors of the Church: Gregory the Great

Monday, January 15, 2018

This series begins, in a way, in our own country, for it was St Gregory the Great who dispatched St Augustine to England on mission. According to Bede in his Ecclesiastical History, it was as Gregory was walking through the slave markets of Rome that he encountered some Angles, and was then heard to say Non Angli, sed angeli, They are not Angles, but Angels. Anyone who has such an exalted view of the distant antecedents of today’s inhabitants of Britain can’t be too bad. Read more

New Term, New Series

Monday, January 15, 2018

Our Christmas break is over now, and so we start a new series for the coming term on the eight traditional Doctors of the Church: four from the West (Gregory, Ambrose, Augustine, and Jerome) and four from the East (John Chrysostom, Basil the Great, Gregory Nazianzen, and Athanasius). Each week the student brothers will give a short biography of the saint, as well as hopefully giving some kind of idea about their theology. 2018 also marks the sixtieth anniversary of the death of Pope Pius XII, and so throughout the year we’ll be producing a more informal series looking at the teaching documents of Pius XII. His encyclical letters tend to be quite short and he wrote on almost everything from ecclesiology to marriage. Read more

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