God Is Love: Deus Carnitas Est

God Is Love: Deus Carnitas Est

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by Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
     
 

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Everyone needs love. Everyone desires love. But not everyone understands love. In fact, love is probably the most misunderstood subject in history. In his first encyclical, Pope Benedict sets out to help clarify the meaning of love. He examines the nature of various kinds of love—human love and divine love, Eros, affection, and charity. He writes

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Everyone needs love. Everyone desires love. But not everyone understands love. In fact, love is probably the most misunderstood subject in history. In his first encyclical, Pope Benedict sets out to help clarify the meaning of love. He examines the nature of various kinds of love—human love and divine love, Eros, affection, and charity. He writes beautifully and inspirationally of how man was made for love, by ye God who was love, the god who became one of us out of love—Jesus Christ. In the second part of the encyclical, Benedict addresses the Church's practice of love, including the relationship between justice and charity, as well as the call of every Catholic to serve others in love. The Pope's "love letter" to humanity is remarkably accessible and timely.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781586171636
Publisher:
Ignatius Press
Publication date:
05/01/2006
Series:
Encyclicals of Benedict XVI , #2
Pages:
108
Sales rank:
523,475
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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Pope Benedict XVI (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) is widely recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual leaders of our age. As Pope he authored the best-selling Jesus of Nazareth; and prior to his pontificate, he wrote many influential books that continue to remain important for the contemporary Church, such as Introduction to Christianity and The Spirit of the Liturgy.

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Medvegas More than 1 year ago
This book, known as an Encyclical, is stunning in its presentation and fluency. I cannot think of a better person on this earth, that is currently living, than the Pope to write on such an important topic that is quintessential to Christianity. Protestants will get as much out of this as Catholics and all denominations of faith will find a home here. The very title, "God Is Love," says it all, this is so fundamental to humanity that people search their entire lives for this love, that can only be achieved in God. With so much of religion conflicting with science, it is often perceived that the two cannot co-exist in perfect harmony, which can be achieved. Religion can be a very touchy subject, with such broad interpretations, and just as many misinterpretations, this book puts forth the essential concept of what human beings strive for in the very meaning of existence, love. There are those in our society that can warp the very fabric of this most core concept, turning love into hate, understanding into not, and turning the more educated Christians against themselves because they are so conflicted with what is taught in college and what is taught among those that choose to preach hate instead of love, which is what God is, God does not hate, He does not hate anyone for any reason, Hate is in intrinsic property of human beings, God is above this, God loves, God loves forever, unconditionally, and unequivocally, this book claims this and backs it up with substantial evidence. As Pope Benedict explains, love is central to humanity, central to the very essence of being human, that which separates us from the other animals in the world, that which puts humans on a higher level than any other creature, even more than our use of opposable thumbs, enormous capacity for the nuances of language, the ability to think rationally and logically, the ability for utilizing tool implements, and even more divisional than our cognition, intonations of speech, and the proclivity to construct pyramids, sky scrapers, radio telescopes, spacecraft, the recognition of high-energy astrophysics, and on and on through the entirety of human existence. Love is more important than any other entity in the universe, it is what drives us, what innervates us, what gets us to rise above our circumstances and become something great and help the citizens of humanity, in all of its incarnations. God Is Love, Love is found in God, and by extension, He has given this to us, to love our spouses, our children, our parents, and everything else in this world that can be loved. This Encyclical purports such an incredible and immense connection with the God of humanity, and by this love in God, we have this love for everyone else in the world. Michael Wade
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MLeeD More than 1 year ago
Pope Benedict is, absolutely, a most prolific writer on what ails the people of this planet today. With his profound intellect and wisdom of God Himself, he gives us all hope and faith renewed.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Pope Benedict's words are inspiring and a great reminder that we need to love our neighbor as we say we love God. Loving our neighbor means faith in action. Thanks Papa!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pope Benedict XVI writes one of the most captivating (Perhaps the only ever) encyclicals ever! His first encyclical may seem like a foreign read to some, but regardless of your religious beliefs, Pope Benedict XVI presents the reader with an extraordinary exploration of the meaning of love. The Pope's discussion of love being both physical in the sense of between humans, but also metaphysical is truly awe-inspiring. He is able to convey to the reader an understanding of the true definition of love, and how we as humanity can come to fulfill the complex nature of love itself. Pope Benedict XVI also provides the reader with a very intriguing discussion regarding the differences between the Greek words 'agape' and 'eros.' His in depth analysis of the duality of the word 'eros' is truly fascinating in that he resseurects age old truths and applies them to our age of modernity. 'In a world wher ethe name of God is sometimes associated with vengeance or even a duty of hatred and violence, this message is both time and significant. For this reason, I wish in my first Encyclical, to speak of the love which God lavishes upon us, and which we in turn must share with others,' is amongst the array of theological genius which the Pope shares with us through his first of many Encyclicals. His open discussions and his certainty are amazing. This is a must read for anyone interested in either Christian theology, or even religious studies!