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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, Boniface Ramsey (Translator)
 

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Today's best-known Catholic theologian here gives a clear and unencumbered explanation of the Genesis creation narratives. Cardinal Ratzinger discusses God as creator, the meaning of the biblical creation accounts, the creation of human beings, sin and salvation, and the consequences of faith in creation. Translated from German, this work is an excellent creation

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Today's best-known Catholic theologian here gives a clear and unencumbered explanation of the Genesis creation narratives. Cardinal Ratzinger discusses God as creator, the meaning of the biblical creation accounts, the creation of human beings, sin and salvation, and the consequences of faith in creation. Translated from German, this work is an excellent creation catechesis for adults.

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New Oxford Review
"With penetrating insight, Cardinal Ratzinger here treats the profoundly important and far-reaching doctrine of Genesis.... I've not read a more profound or magisterial book in years."
Liguorian
"These homilies on Genesis...will be a source of light to many priests and religious educators who are seeking the deeper meaning of the biblical truths of dependence or of the Sabbath rest or who are looking for an answer to the claim that God's mandate "Fill the earth and subdue it" is responsible for the shameless exploitation of the earth that we have witnessed."
Library Journal
As the Vatican's Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Ratzinger is responsible for public orthodoxy in Catholic faith and morals. The first four of his five sermons included here, which have been published in English (Our Sunday Visitor, 1986), originated as 1981 Lenten homilies given in Munich's cathedral to counter a modern abandonment of creation doctrine based on scripture. A fifth homily by a different translator augments this edition. Ratzinger's sermons treat God the creator, biblical creation accounts, creation of human beings, sin and salvation, and the consequences of faith on creation. The readable but challenging meditations attempt a balance between extremes of fundamentalism and rationalism and emphasize a unity between the Old and New Testaments. Notes are generally from German sources. Recommended for Catholic collections.-Anna Donnelly, St. John's Univ. Lib., Jamaica, N.Y.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879734381
Publisher:
Our Sunday Visitor, Publishing Division
Publication date:
03/28/1990
Pages:
108

Meet the Author

Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Alois Ratzinger in 1927,served as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Churchfrom April 2005 through February 2013. Formerly he wasDean of the College of Cardinals, Prefect of theCongregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and President ofthe International Theological Commission. An outstandingtheologian and teacher, he was one of the founders, alongwith Hans Urs von Balthasar and Henri de Lubac, of theinternational Catholic journal Communio, and he hasalso enjoyed a distinguished teaching career at suchuniversities as Tübingen and Regensburg in his homecountry of Germany.

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