The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI
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Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of Pages: 220
Width: 14.4 cm
Height: 22.3 cm
A general introduction to the theology of Pope Benedict XVI, including his approach to issues in moral and political theology, ecclesiology, liturgy, interpretations of the of the documents of the Second Vatican Council, and the theology of history. Tracey Rowland also addresses the question of Pope Benedict's place in the constellation of contemporary Catholic theologians. 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. Rowland therefore asks in what way Benedict is an Augustinian, and how this marked difference in theological perspective may play out in the coming years. Her book includes an extensive thematic bibliography, which will be valuable for students.
Benedict/Ratzinger has shown himself to be more conciliatory in his leadership than many had exoected. Tracey Rowland's study, written for readers who are not necessarily theologians, helps us understand why. * Paul Bishop Religion * a book with an inspirational message. * Joanna Bogle. Catholic Times * a fascinating book * Christopher Howse, Daily Telegraph * an accessible survey of the theological landscape by an author completely at ease and in tune with her subject * Fergus Kerr, The Tablet * [Rowland] has not only mastered a vast body of work in four languages but managed to write about it engagingly, in a style accessible to the general reader. * Christopher Pearson, The Australian * Ratzinger's Faith is intelligent and fascinating. Although it is academic, it is accessible, clear and rarely dry. It is the sort of book that will help Catholics and non-Catholics who have encountered Ratzinger as Pope Benedict begin to understand why he does the things he does. * The Catholic Herald * Professor Rowland's study of Benedict XVI's thought, drawn from his addresses and writings, is an important, notably intelligent and stimulating introduction. * Edward Norman, The Spectator * Pope Benedict emerges from this book as a theologian of profound intellectual depth, clarity, and enterprise. * The Church Times * Ratzinger's Faith is an intriguing look at a punchy pontiff. * Chronicle of Higher Education *