The Ratzinger Reader

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A fascinating and insightful volume collecting together the key writings of Joseph Ratzinger, some of them yet untranslated, from his youthful and more progressive writings, to his ‘transition period' following his disillusionment with the aftermath of Vatican II, to his time as Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith down to 2005. The emphasis will be upon Joseph Ratzinger as ‘private theologian', his many writings released in a personal capacity for such will chart the formation of ...

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Overview

A fascinating and insightful volume collecting together the key writings of Joseph Ratzinger, some of them yet untranslated, from his youthful and more progressive writings, to his ‘transition period' following his disillusionment with the aftermath of Vatican II, to his time as Prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith down to 2005. The emphasis will be upon Joseph Ratzinger as ‘private theologian', his many writings released in a personal capacity for such will chart the formation of and comment upon the official statements and texts released under his name in a more informative fashion than the simple inclusion of the formulaic ‘official texts' themselves.

Following a section providing insight into the fundamental and systematic theological background and development of Joseph Ratzinger's thought, further thematic sections will also be included, for example, Joseph Ratzinger's writings on Ecclesiology, on Theology and the Role of Theologians, on the Eucharist, on Religious Pluralism, on Sacramental Theology, Ecumenism, on Truth, on the Contemporary Historical Era, on Magisterium and on Faith Morals etc.

The volume will open with an introductory essay charting the life and career, the achievements of and the controversies surrounding the new pope. Each reading will be prefaced by a brief introduction to its context and themes and will be followed by recommended further reading on its respective subject matter.

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"This is a strong collection of theological essays on the major topics of the faith by an accomplished, orthodox, and broadly ecumenical theologian with context and analysis provided by two other accomplished, ecumenically minded, professional theologians. This is enough to recommend the volume. But the collection also opens a window into the struggle for the theological future of the Roman Catholic Church and for the character and quality of its contribution to the ecumenical future." - Rev. Leander S. Harding, Trinity School for Ministry, The Living Church
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780567032140
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 6/29/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,271,776
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joseph Ratzinger was Professor of theology at Munich and Regensburg before becoming head of the Congreation for the Doctrine of the Faith of the Roman Catholic Church. He was elected Pope taking the name Benedict XVI. in 2005.

Lieven Boeve is professor of fundamental theology at the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium), where he currently also serves as Dean of the Faculty and as the co-ordinator of the Research Group Theology in a Postmodern Context. His research concerns theological epistemology, philosophical theology, truth in faith and theology, tradition development and hermeneutics. He is the author of Interrupting Tradition. An Essay on Christian Faith in a Postmodern Context (2003) and God Interrupts History. Theology in a Time of Upheaval (2007). He has co-edited various volumes, of which the most recent are: Augustine and Postmodern Thought: A New Alliance against Modernity? (2009) and Orthodoxy: Process and Product (2009). From 2005 till 2009 he served as president of the European Society for Catholic Theology.

Gerard Mannion is Director of the Centre for Catholic Thought and Culture and Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Diego, USA.

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Table of Contents

PREFACE: AIMS AND APPROACH

INTRODUCTION: Joseph Ratzinger — His Life, Thought And Work

1. THEOLOGICAL FOUNDATIONS (LB) Revelation, Scripture and Tradition Enduring Importance of Church Fathers for Theology Faith and Reason History, Doctrine and Hermeneutics Problems with Modern Theological Hermeneutics a. Introduction b. Theology and Exegesis c. The Limits of Theological Hermeneutics Theology Today

2. HUMANITY AND SALVATION: ANTHROPOLOGY &SOTERIOLOGY (LB) Christology Religious Anthropology Salvation Sacramentology Eschatology

3. UNDERSTANDING THE CHURCH: FUNDAMENTAL ECCLESIOLOGY (GM) The Essential Nature of the Church On the Scope and Tasks of Ecclesiology The Ecclesiology of Communion: a Project on the Way Church Local and Universal: Revisiting the Dilemma The Church of the Future

4. THE CHURCH IN RELATION TO THE WORLD: THE CHALLENGES OF THESE TIMES The Mailaises of Modernity: Liberalism, Atheism, Marxism The Problematic Reception of Gaudium et spes Europe Church, Faith and Politics

5. CHRISTIAN UNITY AND DIALOGUE: ON ECUMENISM AND OTHER FAITHS Extra Ecclesia Nulla Salus (Outside the Church There is No Salvation) Defining Churches and Ecclesial Communities: Orthodoxy, Catholicism and Protestantism Ecumenical Realities Today The Uniqueness of Christian Salvation Against Pluralism and Relativism

6. TEACHING AND AUTHORITY: DIMENSIONS OF MAGISTERIUM The Relationship between the Bishops and the Papacy: a Reading of Lumen Gentium Free Expression and Obedience in the Church The Ecclesial Vocation of the Catholic Theologian The Structure and Task of the Synod of Bishops Magisterium and Morality Conscience, Truth and Dissent

7. LITURGY, MINISTRY AND CATECHESIS Ministry Today The Liturgy and the Life of the Church The Eucharist — Heart of Ecclesial Life The Task of Catechesis The Teaching Office of the Bishop

8. INTERPRETING THE SECOND VATICAN COUNCIL Interpreting the Documents of Vatican II: between the Spirit and the Letter of the Council Interpreting the Dogmatic Constitution on Sacred Liturgy (Sacrosanctum concilum) Interpreting the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in Our Times (Gaudium et spes) Who Has the Authority to Receive Vatican II? Renewal not Revolution

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  • Posted October 26, 2010

    Highly recommended

    the writings of the man who is now the Pope are of the deepest importance to anyone who is even remotely interested in spiritual things. As an avowed evangelical I have encountered in his work a spirit of catholicity that draws me to the Word of God and to the subject of Christian unity like nothing I have read save the Bible itself. In this volume the two editors have done a masterful job of presenting the spirit and heart of Josef Ratzinger, Christian.

    It will leave you wanting more. I have read nearly everything I can get my hands on and am never disappointed.

    Deone Emineth

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