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Christian Brotherhood

ISBN13: 9780860124160

ISBN10: 0860124169


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  • A seminal short book by Joseph Ratzinger which is now reissued and will be studied with even greater attention. Brotherhood as an ideal has meant many different things to different men. In this disarmingly simple study Ratzinger begins by examining two contrasting views: that of the ancient mystery religions which created closed brotherhoods of the initiated; and that of the Enlightenment, which looked to a future achievement of an open brotherhood of all men. The author finds the first of these views too restricted and inward looking and the second too extended to make hard sense. But it is crucial to his purpose that he does not reject either out of hand. After a brilliant exposition of New Testament teaching, he proposes a synthesis in which the Christian ideal of brotherhood is shown to combine both these opposing views in a fruitful tension. Christian brotherhood he argues is both restricted and universal. The closed brotherhood of the Christian elect, who are all sons of the one father, exists, not for its own sake but as a sacrament of the world election and is open to all men and women.
  • Pope Benedict XVI - Joseph Ratzinger

    Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Alois Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is the 265th and reigning Pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the head of the Roman Catholic Church and, as such, Sovereign of the Vatican City State. 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. Pope Benedict XVI has both German and Vatican citizenship. He succeeded Pope John Paul II. Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, was for over two decades The Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Pope John Paul II. He is the author of Spirit of the Liturgy, Salt of the Earth, Introduction to Christianity, God and the World, Milestones, Called to Communion, God Is Near Us.

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