Many Religions, One Covenant: Israel, the Church, and the World / Edition 1by Benedict, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
Pub. Date: 09/28/1999
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Cardinal Ratzinger seeks to deepen our understanding of the Bible
In Many Religions, One Covenant, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger spans the deep divides in modern Catholic scholarship to present a compelling biblical theology, modern in its concerns yet classical in its breadth. It is his classical mastery, his ressourcement, that enables the Cardinal to build a bridge.
Cardinal Ratzinger seeks to deepen our understanding of the Bible's most fundamental principle. The covenant defines religion for Christians and Jews. We cannot discern God's design or his will if we do not meditate upon his covenant.
The covenant, then, is the principle that unites the New Testament with the Old, the Scriptures with Tradition, and each of the various branches of theology with all the others. The covenant does more than bridge the gaps between these elements; it fills in the gaps, so that biblical scholarship, dogmatic theology, and magesterial authority all stand on common ground - solid ground.
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I've always been impressed with Cardinal Ratzinger. Despite the reviews of those who are not Catholic nor have understanding of Church doctrine, Ratzinger is the leading administrator in the Church on doctrine and definately knows his theology and history!
The Cardinal provides an example of the desire of the Catholic church to improve relations with the Jewish community. Unfortunately, this book is also an example that, despite the desire to improve relations with Judaism, the Catholic Church has a difficult time trying to reconcile modern views with those of the past. The Cardinal tries to show that the Church respects all faiths, but he also claims that salvation can only be possible because of the actions of Jesus. The book is interesting in presenting the struggle of the Catholic faith to accept other beliefs in a period in history when the TOLERATION of other faiths is necessary in order to bring peace to the world. The book is a typical example of the desire of the Catholic Church to show that it is the one true faith. AEP