Written over three decades ago, Cardinal Ratzingers profound treatise on the true meaning of Christian brotherhood is perhaps even more timely and important now as a clear statement on the biblical grounds for cooperation among believing Christians. In treating Christian brotherhood from the perspective of salvation history, Ratzinger opens up the meaning of both the Old and New Testament in this most essential area. After establishing the distinctively Christian sense of brotherhood (vis-?á-vis Judaism, Hellenism, Stoicism, the Enlightenment, and Marxism), he shows how fraternal charity can only be perfected through Gods fatherhood, Christs divine sonship, and our brotherhood in Christ.
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.
The timely republication of this work opens up vistas that have been obscured recently by controversy and confusion. Cardinal Ratzingers treatment of election and rejection is like reading the surprising solution of a mystery story. This work is even more meaningful now when disunity leads to deep conflict within the Church.
- Benedict J. Groeschel, C.F.R., Author, The Reform of Renewal
"Highly commended as a synthesis of ecumenism. It explains the authors lifelong emphasis on what unites the followers of Christ, rather than what divides them as separated brethren. With no compromise of Catholic principles, it explains how the two communities, Catholic and Protestant are to regard each other as sisters in the Lord ... and individual Christians on both sides as brothers to each other."
- John Hardon, S.J., Author, The Catholic Catechism
"Having read this book many times, I have found it to be invaluable in understanding the message of Scripture, the significance of the Catholic Church and Ratzingers theology. He has captured the very heart and soul of Scripture."
- Scott Hahn, University of Steubenville