Ratzinger's Faith: The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI

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OUP Oxford, 6 mar 2008 - 214 pagine
A popular reading of Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) is that he started out as a progressive but had second thoughts after the cultural revolution of the late 1960s. A more negative portrait is that of an ambitious and intellectually precocious young man who changed theological allegiances for the sake of promotion within the Catholic hierarchy.
Now, in this probing book, Tracey Rowland offers a third reading, one that situates the thought of Pope Benedict within the intellectual history and academic circles of his time. The first serious assessment of the new Pope's theological vision, this thoughtful volume covers topics such as the interpretations of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Benedict's relations with other important scholars and theologians, and his attitudes on moral and political theology, western culture, the structure of the Catholic Church, liturgy, and love. It has become a commonplace observation that Pope Benedict has been influenced by the thought of St. Augustine in contrast to many of his predecessors in the papacy who were much more strongly influenced by St. Thomas Aquinas. This work therefore addresses the topic of in what way Benedict is an Augustinian. The volume also includes a bibliography arranged thematically for those who want to explore his thought more deeply in a particular area.
A penetrating account of the thought of the reigning pontiff, this volume offers a wealth of insight for everyone interested in Pope Benedict and the direction of the modern Catholic Church.
 

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Indice

Introduction
1
1 Ratzinger and Contemporary Theological Circles
17
2 Gaudium et spes and the Importance of Christ
30
3 Revelation Scripture and Tradition
48
God is Love
66
5 The Structure of the Communion
84
6 Modernity and the Politics of the West
105
7 Liturgy since Vatican II
123
Conclusion
144
Appendix I The Subiaco Address
156
Appendix II The Regensburg Address
166
Notes
175
Bibliography
197
Index
207
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Tracey Rowland is Dean and Associate Professor of Political Philosophy and Continental Theology of the John Paul II Institute, Melbourne, Australia, and Member of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham.

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