Dogma and Preaching: Applying Christian Doctrine to Daily Life

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This volume is an unabridged edition of Dogma and Preaching, a work that appeared in a much-reduced form in English, in 1985. The new book contains twice as much material as first English edition.

"Dogma", for many people, is a bad word. For the well-informed believer, it shouldn't be. Dogmas are truths revealed by God, which should enlighten the minds, guide the choices, and gladden the hearts of Jesus' disciples, including pastors, deacons, and lay teachers. But, as Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), notes ...

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Overview


This volume is an unabridged edition of Dogma and Preaching, a work that appeared in a much-reduced form in English, in 1985. The new book contains twice as much material as first English edition.

"Dogma", for many people, is a bad word. For the well-informed believer, it shouldn't be. Dogmas are truths revealed by God, which should enlighten the minds, guide the choices, and gladden the hearts of Jesus' disciples, including pastors, deacons, and lay teachers. But, as Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), notes in the foreword to this book, "The path from dogma to proclamation or preaching has become very troublesome." Finding ways to relate the content of the Church's dogmas to everyday life can be challenging for today's preachers and teachers. Some people find the task so daunting that they leave dogma out. As a result, they wind up presenting something other than the Church's faith and speak in their own name, offering perhaps unwittingly merely their own, subjective ideas, rather than the Word of God.

In Dogma and Preaching, the theologian and priest Joseph Ratzinger provides (1) a theory of preaching for today; (2) application of this theory to some themes for preaching drawn from the Church's dogmas; (3) meditations and sermons based on the liturgical year and the communion of saints; and (4) some thoughts regarding the decade after the Second Vatican and Christianity's seeming irrelevance. Ratzinger insists that sound preaching should rest on three pillars--Dogma, Scripture, and the Church Today, the contemporary situation in which the Church finds herself. He shows that the proper understanding of the Church, her dogmas, the nature of faith, and the contemporary world allow the proclaimer-believer to remain faithful to the Church's mission and life-changing message.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781586173272
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2011
  • Pages: 550
  • Sales rank: 801,648
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, was a theological expert at the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), a university professor, the Archbishop of Munich-Freising, and the prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, before becoming Pope in 2005. His writings include Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week, Light of the World, Introduction to Christianity, Truth and Tolerance, and The Spirit of the Liturgy. He is one of the most widely read spiritual writers in the world.
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Table of Contents

Part 1 Toward a Theory of Preaching

1 Church as the Place of Preaching 15

2 Standards for Preaching the Gospel Today 26

3 Christocentrism in Preaching? 40

4 Theology and Preaching in the Dutch Catechism 59

Part 2 Some Major Themes of Preaching

God

5 Contemporary Man Facing the Question of God 77

6 Preaching God Today 88

7 Praying in Our Time 104

Christ

8 Theses for Christology 117

9 What Does Jesus Christ Mean to Me? 121

10 Following Christ 125

Creation-Grace-World

11 Belief in Creation and the Theory of Evolution 131

12 Gratia Praesupponit Naturam: Grace Presupposes Nature 143

13 The Christian and the Modern World 162

14 On the Understanding of "Person" in Theology 181

15 Farewell to the Devil? 197

Church

16 On the Spirit of Brotherhood 207

17 The Anthropological Basis of Brotherly Love 210

18 Church as the Locus of Service to the Faith 222

19 Bishop and Church 228

20 On the Meaning of Church Architecture 233

Eschatology

21 On the Theology of Death 243

22 What Comes after Death? 255

23 Resurrection and Life Everlasting 260

Part 3 Meditations and Sermons

The Liturgical Year

24 The Genealogy of Jesus 275

25 Lent 280

26 Good Friday 287

27 The Mystery of the Easter Vigil 295

28 Resurrection as Mission 301

29 Easter Today 305

30 The Ascension of Christ 311

31 Mind, Spirit, and Love: A Meditation on Pentecost 316

32 The Meaning of Advent 321

33 Three Meditations on Christmas 330

34 Do We Have Reason to Celebrate? 345

35 Meditation for New Year's Eve 346

The Communion of Saints

36 The Visitation 353

37 The Assumption of Mary 357

38 Sermon for the Feast of Saint Augustine 362

39 Meditation on the Day of a First Mass 369

Epilogue

40 Ten Years after the Beginning of the Council-Where Do We Stand? 377

41 What Good Is Christianity Now? 385

Sources 391

Index of Names 395

Index of Biblical References 399

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