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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 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.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Text: English (translation) Original Language: German --This text refers to the Hardcover edition. Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) is recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual leaders of our age. As pope he authored the best-selling Jesus of Nazareth. Prior to his pontificate, he wrote many influential books important for the contemporary Church, such as Introduction to Christianity and The Spirit of the Liturgy. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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  • Joseph Ratzinger(Author)
  • Crossroad/Seabury (December 1970)
  • English, German
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  • By Darby O'Gill on June 11, 2012

    This book has many troubling angles for a Traditional Roman Catholic to accept.He does not seem to even believe in Christ's Resurrection nor the actual resurrection of the body at the end of time.Luther would love this book.

  • By Lewis Tagliaferre on February 18, 2013

    This is far more than an is a deep and complex attempt to reconcile the Old Testament confrontation with a different view of God from the pagans announced to Moses in the vision of a burning bush with the New Testament view of Jesus Christ as the personification of God made flesh, if that were possible. He applies an explication of the Apostle's Creed to a deeper understanding of Catholic Christology. Cardinal Ratzinger [aka Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI] is either a priest who knows philosophy or a philosopher who knows religion, but his concept of Christianity probably is far too academic for average Catholics to understand. No doubt he can use words in several different languages but in the translation to English they become more than mere Christians can digest. What is proclaimed without benefit of scripture which is indigestable, as for example the dogma of Trinity, the author merely relegates to the bin of "mystery." Same can be said of the dogma of transubstantiation.For a simple introduction to Christianity all one need do is recite two scriptures and let them speak for themselves. In this book Cardinal Ratzinger is so full of himself that they are lost in the pile of words that he uses to try and impress the reader of his qualifications - just like any Ph.D. in philosophy would do. In that regard, I sensed in it the same personal arrogance and hubris and pride of authorship as I read in "Mein Kampf" by Adolf Hitler who also thought he was doing the will of God. Before you jump to invoke Godwin's law, read them both and compare for yourself. Are these necessary opposites of either/or or the blend of dualities in both/and?For a concise introduction to Christianity just read and ponder these two scriptures, which he cannot seem to confront directly. Jesus warned, "Fear him who after killing the body has power to cast you into hell." (Luke 12:4-5) And Apostle Paul declared, "..if you confess with your mouth, Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." (Romans 10:9) That is all. Of course, all this must be necessary or it would be different. Nothing happens outside the will of God. Not the manmade god in holy books but the prime mover in the universe. Generator, operator, destroyer...GOD. It does whatever it wants with whomever it wants. Ergo, Theofatalism. Google it for details. Theofatalism: Theology for Agnostics and Atheists

  • By Togifex on October 11, 2011

    First, my vantage point in a concise ad hoc auto-analysis: No formal training in theology. Pleasure reader. Good general education and state of knowledge by ordinary standards. A disposition to religiosity. Sixty-three.In my opinion prospective readers of this book would do well to realize that texts on such fundamentals as those it discusses are of necessity more subtle, and more prone to be understood by the reader in a way the writer may not have meant, than texts about, say, historical "facts", empirical sciences, or technicalities. I believe it is a matter of taste whether one likes such reading. Frequently one has to proceed slowly and cautiously, often taking a pause to ask oneself what the writer is trying to say. Not that there is anything that detracts from his ability to express himself. But we are moving about on slippery ground, at the very fringe of human understanding. The writer is - with absolute sincerity - trying to give us a glimpse of the truth beyond the visible and tangible, the actual reality outside our Plato's cave.His convictions are catching, and inevitably his book confers with it some of the beauty and serenity of pure Christianity, giving a reader tuned for receiving such vibes a notion of some inexplicable light shining from somewhere. The book is no "introduction" in the sense of being a statement of dogmas or an enumeration of the elements of the faith, as its title may be perceived as indicating. It is indeed an explanation of the elements of the faith, but in such fundamentals that one has long failed to realize that they are there. In that unexpected way, its title is true and descriptive. It makes challenging reading, which may, if one is interested in theological subtleties and explanations of the very grounds on which the dogmas stand, be much enjoyed in the manner of those who like to have a look at Hawking's Brief History of Time before going to sleep. It is not a book to read in a hurry, but it can be delicious in morsels of suitable size.The book is to a large extent a history of ideas, and yet another reminder that we really do not know of our own accord how, or even what, the world is - for us it is, and remains, what we think it is. Thus the book illustrates the necessity for firm ground from which we can reach out in order to understand (or rather try to). It is interesting and encouraging to access this scholar's reasoning and his explanations of what really took place in Palestine 2000 years ago, and how the most capable minds have interpreted it through the centuries.I am not a native speaker of English, but all the same I can readily see that special thanks are due the translator. It is no small job to translate a book of this kind. Such work demands a number of abilities that few persons can muster. Although I should be capable of detecting Germanisms, I haven't found a trace. The book reads to me as having been written in English from the start. As it happens, I know that exactly this is the hallmark of a good translation.So far, this critique of mine is in every respect positive. Why then only four stars? Well, I have not searched for or stumbled upon any rules for granting stars. Being conservative (strictly in the sense of "prudent"), it seems to me extravagant, as a matter of principle, to grant the maximum number of stars for any endeavour. One could be surprised by something still better some day. I may also mention that the sentences are sometimes longer than I suspect is necessary. Whether this is due to the author or the translator I can`t say, but I happen to know that when translating, one must sometimes chase subtleties of meaning out along branches or into corners. This is because a term in one language seldom corresponds exactly to a term in another, and the translator can not depart from the meaning which he perceives as the author`s. This demands words.The author is now Pope, with all the authority this entails. The question whether the book would have become as widely known if he were not Pope Benedict is one I cannot answer. While such a question may have a bearing on the book's publicity, it has no bearing on its value. All I can say is that heavy stuff as it is, I have found it enjoyable, and in reading it, a repetition of the self-discipline one all too seldom managed to summon in school really pays off. If you have interests in common with the writer - and if you feel capable, with regard to respect for your origins and affiliations, your historical, cultural, religious, national and regional identifications, and your relatives and friends, to study the writer's faith seriously, this book is capable of providing intellectual enjoyment and edification in large measure. It is a ruttier for navigation in very deep waters.

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