In the Beginning...: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall

In the Beginning...: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall

by Pope Benedict XVI, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802841066

ISBN-13: 9780802841063

Pub. Date: 11/28/1995

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

In four superb homilies and a concluding essay, Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, provides a clear and inspiring exploration of the Genesis creation narratives.

While the stories of the world's creation and the fall of humankind have often been subjected to reductionism of one sort or another — literalists treat the Bible as a science textbook whereas

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In four superb homilies and a concluding essay, Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, provides a clear and inspiring exploration of the Genesis creation narratives.

While the stories of the world's creation and the fall of humankind have often been subjected to reductionism of one sort or another — literalists treat the Bible as a science textbook whereas rationalists divorce God from creation — Ratzinger presents a rich, balanced Catholic understanding of these early biblical writings and attests to their enduring vitality.

Beginning each homily with a text selected from the first three chapters of Genesis, Ratzinger discusses, in turn, God the creator, the meaning of the biblical creation accounts, the creation of human beings, and sin and salvation; in the appendix he unpacks the beneficial consequences of faith in creation.

Expertly translated from German, these reflections set out a reasonable and biblical approach to creation. 'In the Beginning . . .' also serves as an excellent homiletic resource for priests and pastors.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802841063
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Series:
Ressourcement Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
100
Sales rank:
373,333
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.99(h) x 0.35(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
God the Creator1
The Difference Between Form and Content in the Creation Narrative
The Unity of the Bible as a Criterion for Its Interpretation
Christology as a Criterion
The Meaning of the Biblical Creation Accounts19
The Reasonableness of Faith in Creation
The Enduring Significance of the Symbolic Elements in the Text
The Creation of the Human Being41
The Human Being - Taken from the Earth
Image of God
Creation and Evolution
Sin and Salvation59
On the Subject of Sin
Limitations and Freedom of the Human Being
Original Sin
The Response of the New Testament
Appendix: The Consequences of Faith in Creation79
The Suppression of Faith in Creation in Modern Thought
The Consequences of Creation in Present-Day Thought: Three Forms of Concealment
Faith in Creation as a Basic
Decision about Human Beings

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