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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.
|God the Creator||1|
|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 Accounts||19|
|The Reasonableness of Faith in Creation|
|The Enduring Significance of the Symbolic Elements in the Text|
|The Creation of the Human Being||41|
|The Human Being - Taken from the Earth|
|Image of God|
|Creation and Evolution|
|Sin and Salvation||59|
|On the Subject of Sin|
|Limitations and Freedom of the Human Being|
|The Response of the New Testament|
|Appendix: The Consequences of Faith in Creation||79|
|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|
Posted November 21, 2009
Our Young Adult Bible Study had a month between scheduled topics and didn't know what to do with that time. A member mentioned that this book was divided into four homilies and would be a good lead-in to our study of Genesis in the New Year. It has been that and more! Despite some scholarly language that was a little intimidating to some members at first, the content and the discussions that have arisen out of this book make it worth the time! Cardinal Ratzinger/Pope B16 knows how to organize his thoughts and the themes or Creation, Original Sin, etc are ones that are always current and worth exploring.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 16, 2009
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