One of Cardinal Ratzingers 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 Apostles Creed gives an excellent, modern interpretation of the foundations of Christianity. Ratzingers profound treatment of Christianitys basic truths combines a spiritual outlook with a deep knowledge of Scripture and the history of theology.
Table of Contents:
Belief in the world of today
The ecclesiastical form of faith
Prolegomena to the subject of God
The Biblical belief in God
The God of faith and the God of the philosophers
Faith in God today
Belief in the triune God
"I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord"
The problem of faith in Jesus today
Jesus the Christ - the basic form of the Christological profession of faith
Jesus Christ - true God and true man
The different paths taken by Christology
The development of faith in Christ in the Christological articles of the Creed
The intrinsic unity of the last statements in the Creed
Two major questions posed by the articles on the spirit and the church
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.
Cardinal Ratzinger offers us a profound meditation on the twelve articles of the Apostles' Creed. These reflections will challenge and expand one's knowledge of the Catholic faith. The Cardinal addresses and answers many of the modern objections to faith in God the Father and Creator, his only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the Catholic Church. This is solid food that must be eaten slowly, but it is very nourishing and worth the effort.
- Fr. Kenneth Baker S.J., Editor, Homiletic and Pastoral Review
It takes a great deal of courage to attempt to give a commentary on the Apostles' Creed today. Ratzinger has done this in an admirable fashion. His book is profound,
- Review for Religious