Introduction to Christianity

Introduction to Christianity One of Cardinal Ratzinger s most important and widely read books this volume is a revised second edition with an improved translation and an in depth page preface by the Cardinal As he states in t

  • Title: Introduction to Christianity
  • Author: Pope Benedict XVI
  • ISBN: 9781586170295
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Paperback
  • One of Cardinal Ratzinger s most important and widely read books, this volume is a revised second edition with an improved translation and an in depth 20 page preface by the Cardinal As he states in the preface, since this book was first published over 30 years ago, many changes and significant events have occurred in the world, and in the Church But even so, he says heOne of Cardinal Ratzinger s most important and widely read books, this volume is a revised second edition with an improved translation and an in depth 20 page preface by the Cardinal As he states in the preface, since this book was first published over 30 years ago, many changes and significant events have occurred in the world, and in the Church But even so, he says he is firmly convinced that his fundamental approach in this book is still very timely and crucial for the spiritual needs of modern man That approach puts the question of God and the question about Christ in the very center, which leads to a narrative Christology and demonstrates that the place for faith is in the Church.Thus, this remarkable elucidation of the Apostle s Creed gives an excellent, modern interpretation of the foundations of Christianity Ratzinger s profound treatment of Christianity s basic truths combines a spiritual outlook with a deep knowledge of Scripture and the history of theology.

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    1. Pope Benedict XVI Latin Benedictus PP XVI Italian Benedetto XVI German Benedikt XVI born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927 was the 265th Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the Sovereign of the Vatican City State and the head of the Catholic Church He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Basilica of St John Lateran, on 7 May 2005 A native of Bavaria, Pope Benedict XVI has both German and Vatican citizenship.On 11 February 2013, Pope Benedict announced his resignation in a speech in Latin before the cardinals, citing a lack of strength of mind and body due to his advanced age His resignation became effective on 28 February 2013 He is the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so on his own initiative since Pope Celestine V in 1294 As pope emeritus, Benedict retains the style of His Holiness, and the title of Pope, and will continue to dress in the papal colour of white He is expected to move into the newly renovated Mater Ecclesiae monastery for his retirement He was succeeded by Pope Francis on 13 March 2013.After a long career as an academic, serving as a professor of theology at various German universities he formally remains a professor at the University of Regensburg , he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977 In 1981, he settled in Rome when he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important offices of the Roman Curia At the time of his election as Pope, he was also Dean of the College of Cardinals, and as such the primus inter pares among the cardinals.Like his predecessor Pope John Paul II, Benedict XVI is theologically conservative and his teaching and prolific writings defend traditional Catholic doctrine and values During his papacy, Benedict XVI has advocated a return to fundamental Christian values to counter the increased secularisation of many developed countries He views relativism s denial of objective truth, and the denial of moral truths in particular, as the central problem of the 21st century He teaches the importance of both the Catholic Church and an understanding of God s redemptive love He has reaffirmed the importance of prayer in the face of the activism and the growing secularism of many Christians engaged in charitable work Pope Benedict has also revived a number of traditions including elevating the Tridentine Mass to a prominent position.Pope Benedict is the founder and patron of the Ratzinger Foundation, a charitable organisation, which makes money from the sale of his books and essays in order to fund scholarships and bursaries for students across the world info on Ratzinger Foundation ewtn library Theology

    2. A Catholic book-a-licious selection for my birthday, thanks to my husband who knows who my favorite authors are. I'd no sooner ripped the wrapping off before I was flipping through the introduction and saying, "Oh, even back then he had the same style for considering arguments just listen" and then reading aloud. (Yes, he is a patient and loving man, my husband.)Pope Benedict. On the creed. It doesn't get much better than that.And he dedicated it to his students in several towns, including Tubi [...]

    3. This book has been a difficult read for me so far, and I find that I have to keep reminding myself to put it in its proper context; viz late 60's theology programs in Germany. Given this fact about its intended audience, the book is poorly titled, for it is anything but an introduction. Unless you are reasonably well versed in philosophy I think there is very little that can be made of it one way or another.Being more than reasonably well-versed myself, I have to say that so far I am deeply ambi [...]

    4. ENGLISH: This 1968 book by Josef Ratzinger, later Pope Benedict XVI, is an important theological interpretation of the Creed of the Apostles. I'll just mention two of the ideas expressed in its last chapter (on the resurrection of the flesh):1. We are immortal because we are the idea that God has of us. As God's ideas are immortal, so we are.2. There is no time interval between death and resurrection, when the soul is separate from the body. Rather, after death, we are taken by Christ to a new E [...]

    5. Of the many Ratzinger books I have read to this point, this one may well be the best. Any Christian who wants to understand the faith at a deeper level, or any non-Christian interested in what Christians actually believe could not find a better book. It may be especially useful to mature Christians who are questioning central tenets of the faith because the standard presentation lacks credibility and who are unsure where else to turn.Ratzinger begins with a profound reflection on the meaning of [...]

    6. '' If the contact whatsoever with God made me in my life, I can never see each other than the other, and I fail to recognize in him the divine image. If, against, in my life I fail completely to heed to the other, desiring only to be pious, and to perform my religious duties, then my relationship with God dries up. ''

    7. I have two complaints about this book. First, calling this an introduction is, uh, not the most accurate description. More fundamentally, the book has way too much of the spirit of the 1960s in it. As such it compares unfavorably with Ratzinger's later works.

    8. Benedict at his finest. Meaty, intellectual, brilliant, and challenging, but at a level for the layperson. This is a particularly thought-provoking book for those of philosophical bent: Benedict (while he was still called Ratzinger) explores the philosophical underpinnings of belief itself and Christian belief in particular, and the problems of faith in the modern world. One of the first works of a serious Catholic theologian I'd read: I was especially surprised and pleased by the lack of "churc [...]

    9. This is dense, but so much more readable than I thought. Not an "introduction" by any stretch of the imagination, but a meditation on the Apostle's Creed-- itself the introduction or starting point for understanding the Christian faith. I only made it through Part 1 before exhausting all my library renewals, so it would be a good purchase in order to go through slowly. For me it is definitely theology, and not spiritual reading for personal prayer. But if you approach it with that understanding [...]

    10. Introduction? I'd hate to see what he could do with an in-depth study. Seriously heavy lumber, but also brilliant, profound. Traditional, and yet it's written for the modern believer. Highly recommended.

    11. Joseph Ratzinger's "Introduction" unpacks the Apostle's Creed. It expounds upon the act of believing, and indeed what it means to believe as a Christian, amid the philosophical challenges of modernity. While the modern world issues its challenges, Catholicism answers with challenges of its own.

    12. The great theologian Rátzinger's masterful exposition of the Apostles' Creed, the ancient symbol of faith of the Catholic Church. The author responds to the crisis of faith in the mid-twentieth century and attempts to present the faith as entirely reasonable in the midst of doubt. He points out at the very beginning how the greatest of the Saints could themselves suffer doubt in bad circumstances, such as suffering. The author's sympathy for those who suffer physically or mentally is obvious in [...]

    13. I started this book with high expectations, and the introduction was promising, in so much as it discussed the need for dialogue between theists and atheists. However, there really was nothing here about why one might believe in Christianity. At one point the author essentially confirmed it does all come down to faith, and for me that echoes Kierkegaards blind leap. But for someone looking at it from the outside there's really no more reason to leap to Christianity than anything else, be it Budd [...]

    14. I was surprised by how much I learned from this book. All kinds of good, solid Biblical insights are scattered throughout the book, and even though I'm an Evangelical, I found there was much to learn from this most scholarly of Catholics.I really enjoyed the way Ratzinger tied this overview of the Apostle's creed to it's confessional roots in baptism. And before dealing with any specifics of the content of belief, an honest look at faith and its difficulties was presented. I think that took near [...]

    15. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger's "Introduction to Christianity" is many things, but it is not introductory. This book falls somewhere in between real academic theology/philosophy and pop-theology. It's an immensely quotable, excellently researched, and deeply thought-out book, but it can be very difficult to get through. I have friends who are theology students who claim that this book is a relatively simple read and that Ratzinger is a "readable" theologian; that may be true relative to the other bo [...]

    16. This is a deep book that is difficult to read but is ultimately rewarding. Ratzinger is at his best in the first half, where he contrasts the secular or scientific outlook with the Christian outlook and where he develops the doctrines of the Trinity and Christ's two natures. However, in the second half, where he carefully analyzes the Apostles Creed, he too often reverts to the dry tone of a German professor (which he is). There are moments of sheer brilliance, though, where he captures the esse [...]

    17. Huh. Kirjan nimi oli totaalisen väärä, sillä tämä ei todellakaan ollut mikään introduction-tason teos kristinuskoon, vaan yksi syvällisimmistä teoksista, jonka olen vähään aikaan lukenut. En siis suosittele annettavaksi ihmiselle, joka ei tiedä mitään kristinuskosta, ellei hänellä ole todella vankka tietämys filosofiasta ja uskonnoista ylipäätään. Olen aika moneen teologian alaan käsittelevään kirjaan törmännyt, jotka enemmän tai vähemmän toistelevat samaa, mitä m [...]

    18. Pope Benedict, before he was pope, wrote this book to explain the details of the apostles creed and thus introduce the reader to the basics of Christianity. Just glancing at the title might make you think this book is one to hand to someone new to the faith who wants to learn more. But this book is a bit heady. I'm not Catholic, so maybe this is the sort of book new Catholics read, I don't know. I haven't met many non-Catholic Christians who read this kind of book (not to say it wouldn't be good [...]

    19. Ridiculously deceptive title. It's an explanation of the Christian faith that is anything but "introductory." I'd like to summarize what he said, but it's so complex that I really couldn't tell you what it's about without re-reading the thing. In essence, he goes through the Apostle's Creed and explains what it is the people are doing when they believe and what exactly it is that they're expressing their belief in.Even though the text was very dense,Pope Benedict gave me many useful insights. Fo [...]

    20. This is one of the three most important books that I have read. This is no basic introduction, but rather an in-depth study of what is meant--and what is certainly not meant--by the ancient prayer known as the Apostles' Creed. Using the image of Kierkegaard's clown, Ratzinger explains the need for Christians today to have a firm grasp on the meaning of the Faith of they hope to live live of Christian joy and evangelization, and he expertly uses the via negativa of heresy to articulate the Creed. [...]

    21. Pope Benedict's classic book is anything but an "intro." Written for the intelligentsia, the book is a profound modern, panoramic view of theology that exposits the articles of Creed to the modern intellectual. At times even presuppositional and fully cognizant of much of Eastern theology, Benedict's book integrates elements of St. Maximus' Logos/logoi as well as offering an excellent refutation of Anselm's silly view of the atonement. Readers from all traditions will certainly benefit from this [...]

    22. After reading Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (a.k.a. Pope Benedict XVI), he may be my favorite systematic theologian. He was Radical Orthodox before Radical Orthodoxy was cool.Don't be fooled by the title, "Introduction to Christianity." This is a very theologically dense book, but well worth the time and effort. If anything, it was a reintroduction into why I am a Christian, and gifted me new language and variations on the themes of grace, mercy, and love.Thank you, Holy Father, for your ministry.

    23. Father Benedict might be a far cry from Pope Francis in terms of popularity and appeal, but for the intellectual making sense of the faith of the Church at work, this is a handy guide. In fact, one can see here the Pope-Emeritus' brilliance and penchant for rigidity in spite of (or to be more appropriate, in) simplicity, quoting from various sources within and outside the Church. I believe that for the one who seeks explanation regarding the nature of faith as experienced, this is a book worth r [...]

    24. This is a wonderful, must-read book for Catholics and Protestants alike. Pope Benedict uses the Nicene Creed as a framework for discussing Christian thought. The Holy Father's brilliant systematical mind is on display throughout, making me wish this was a full fledged Systematic Theology rather than an introductionThe first couple chapters, which discuss the relationship between faith and knowledge, are particularly brilliant and alone are worth the price of the book

    25. Kažkada aš bijojau net pradėti šitą knygą. Ir negaliu pasakyti, jog šįkart pradžia mane būtų be galo įkvėpusi, tačiau džiaugiuosi, kad nepasidaviau, nes pabaiga (na, ten jau nelabai toli iki pabaigos) atpirko visą reikalą. Taip, priaugti prie Ratzingerio reikia, bet jis turi tą žavų sugebėjimą pasiimti tave už rankos ir įsivesti į gilius dalykus. Gražu.

    26. this elucidation of the Apostle's Creed gives a "modern" interpretation of the foundations of Christianity. Ratzinger's treatment of Christianity's basic truths combines a spiritual outlook with a deep knowledge of Scripture and the history of theologyever, in matters of religion,and even more so with belief, while experience can persuade, words alone seldom do.

    27. A very good book but I think half of it went over my head. There are times when you think "yea, I am grasping this" and then you've lost it. Some sections are brilliant and to read it just to get those one or two sentences of pearl wisdom was worth all the sweat. Ode to intellectuals! I think I'd like to read it again when I'm less distracted.

    28. Benedict has a tremendous ability to write clearly, profoundly and concise. This is no mere introduction it requires some philosophical background but for the most part it can be read with little or no difficultly. He is one of my favorite writers and continues to be! This is a solid book supported by scripture, reason and the magisterium.

    29. So far, it's great. His preface to the current edition discusses contemporary religious relativism and its implications. Very timely, nuanced, and brilliant. The Holy Father has an incredible mind.

    30. The only reason I am giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is that it is a very difficult book. Insofar as I understand it, it is excellent.

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