The Chair of the History of Dogmas was established in 1969 within the Section of Dogmatic Theology. Its first chairman was Rev prof. Czesław S. Bartnik (1969-1997). Since 1997 the chair has been led by Rev prof. Krzysztof Góźdź.

The chair’s staff:

Rev Kazimierz Macheta, PhD (1986-1990);

Rev Bp Mieczysław Cisło, PhD (since 1985);

Rev Czesław Szczęsny, PhD (1987-2003);

Karol Klauza, PhD (1999-2003);

Rev Mirosław Kowalczyk, PhD (1991-2007);

Rev Janusz Lekan, PhD (1998-2007).

    The Chair’s research focuses on the following aspects of dogmatic theology: history of human thought, philosophy of history, theology of history as well as methodology, hermeneutics and,  as developed by Rev prof. Bartnik, philosophical and the theological personalist system. Moreover, some research is being conducted mostly into: western theology (mainly German, Italian and Spanish), Latin American theology, theological anthropology of K. Rahner, R. Guardini and W. Pannenberg, as well as Polish and Christian historiosophy, the theology of mediation and the theology of icon.

    The Chair of the Theology of Icon (2002) and the Chair of Christian Personalism (2005) emerged from the Chair of the History of Dogmas.

    Since its foundation, several dozen of PhD and hundreds of MA theses were defended within the chair: Rev prof. Cz. S. Bartnik has supervised 62 PhD, and 479 MA and Licence theses; Rev prof. Krzysztof Góźdź has supervised 12 PhD theses (along with 2 Honorary Doctorates of Archbishop of Baltimore, William Cardinal Keeler from the USA and bp Ludwik Gerhard Müller from Regensburg) and 150 MA theses dealing with different branches of theology.

    The publication of Rev prof. Cz. Bartnik’s textbook of dogmatic theology (Dogmatic Theology, p. 1-2, KUL, Lublin, 1999-2003, pp. 861 + 1057) may be considered the chair’s greatest achievement. The author has developed the universal personalist system (Personalism, Lublin, 1995, 2000, 2008) and, by that, carried out research on theology in general.

     The present chairman, Rev prof. K. Góźdź, in his research heads towards methodological use of the relationship between history and theology (Jesus Christus als Sinn der Geschichte, Regensburg, 1988, pp. 284) and the construction of proper method for theological anthropology (The Theology of a Human, Lublin, 2006, pp. 565), based on the natural sciences and humanities; that means the contribution to the general works on a human, to which theology adds the dimension of human’s transcendence.