The Social and Political Thought of Benedict XVI
Covering the entire trajectory of his religious life, this meticulously researched book identifies the roots of political and social order in Pope Benedict XVI's philosophy and analyzes his views on the role of Christian faith in politics. Although not generally characterized as a political philosopher, the Benedict's writings shed significant and unique light on the world of politics today. In an age when modern politics has lost sight of its proper relationship within the larger scheme of human affairs and existence, Thomas R. Rourke shows that, as both Pope and the former Cardinal Ratzinger, Benedict has made a conscious effort to relate political issues to the broader dialogue on human endeavor, ethics, and culture. Bringing to the fore Benedict's belief on the necessary place of the Christian tradition in a contemporary politics of reason, Rourke details the Pope's contribution to solving the deeper problems of politics today. A valuable study in political theory and religion, this book should be read by those interested in Catholic social and political thought.
- Paperback | 160 pages
- 149.86 x 220.98 x 15.24mm | 204.12g
- 15 Apr 2011
- Lexington Books
- Lanham, MD, United States
Table of contents
1 Table of Contents Chapter 2 1. Introduction Chapter 3 2. Anthropological Foundations Chapter 4 3. Revelation, Reason, and Politics Chapter 5 4. Special Topics Chapter 6 5. Culture and Society Chapter 7 Conclusion
This is a superb exposition of Pope Benedict's social thought in all its richness, beginning with the Christian anthropology on which it is founded and ending with a vision of culture. Conscious of rising secularism and the political apathy of the young, Rourke seeks to demonstrate the fine balance of reason and faith in the Pope's thought, and succeeds admirably. Benedict is one of the most important intellectual leaders of our time, and he is well served by this introduction. -- Stratford Caldecott, editor, Second Spring: A Journal of Faith of Culture A valuable study in political theory and religion, this book should be read by those interested in Catholic social and political thought. Reading Benedict Xvi Blog, December 2009 Rourke combs through the pre-papal writings of Joseph Ratzinger and some of his statements since his elevation to the papacy and presents him as a deep and important thinker about social and political questions... This volume is a very accessible and largely comprehensive survey of Benedict's political ideas. Review of Metaphysics, June 2010
About Thomas R. Rourke
Thomas R. Rourke is chair of the Political Science and Philosophy Department at Clarion University.