Ratzinger's Faith

Ratzinger's Faith : The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI

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A general introduction to the theology of Pope Benedict XVI, including his approach to issues in moral and political theology, ecclesiology, liturgy, interpretations of the of the documents of the Second Vatican Council, and the theology of history. Tracey Rowland also addresses the question of Pope Benedict's place in the constellation of contemporary Catholic theologians. It has become a commonplace observation that Pope Benedict has been influenced by the thought
of St Augustine, in contrast to many of his predecessors in the papacy who were much more strongly influenced by St Thomas Aquinas. Rowland therefore asks in what way Benedict is an Augustinian, and how this marked difference in theological perspective may play out in the coming years. Her book
includes an extensive thematic bibliography, which will be valuable for students.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 137 x 216 x 19mm | 290g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0199570345
  • 9780199570348
  • 242,525

Table of contents

Foreword ; Introduction ; 1. Ratzinger and Contemporary Theological Circles ; 2. 'Gaudium et spes' and the Importance of Christ ; 3. Revelation, Scripture, and Tradition ; 4. Beyond Moralism: God is Love ; 5. The Structure of the Communion ; 6. Modernity and the Politics of the West ; 7. Liturgy since Vatican II ; Conclusion
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A book with an inspirational message. Joanna Bogle, Catholic Times
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A book with an inspirational message. * Joanna Bogle, Catholic Times * Ratzinger's Faith is intelligent and fascinating. Although it is academic, it is accessible, clear and rarely dry. It is the sort of book that will help Catholics and non-Catholics who have encountered Ratzinger as Pope Benedict begin to understand why he does the things he does * Catholic Herald * Pope Benedict emerges from this book as a theologian of profound intellectual depth, clarity, and enterprise * The Church Times * Professor Rowland's study of Benedict XVI's thought, drawn from his addresses and writings, is an important, notably intelligent and stimulating introduction * Edward Norman, The Spectator * An accessible survey of the theological landscape by an author completely at ease and in tune with her subject * Fergus Kerr, The Tablet * [Rowland] has not only mastered a vast body of work in four languages but managed to write about it engagingly, in a style accessible to the general reader * Christopher Pearson, The Australian *
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About Tracey Rowland

Tracey Rowland is Dean and Associate Professor of Political Philosophy and Continental Theology at the John Paul II Institute (Melbourne) and a member of the editorial board of the English language edition of the journal Communio, founded, among others, by Joseph Ratzinger and Hans Urs von Balthasar. Her first book, Culture and the Thomist Tradition: After Vatican II, was published in the Radical Orthodoxy series.
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