Introduction to Christianity: 2nd Edition

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Ignatius Press, May 14, 2010 - Religion - 300 pages
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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.

 

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Contents

PREFACE TO THE NEW EDITION
PREFACE TO THE 1968 EDITION
THE ECCLESIASTICAL FORM OF FAITH
THE BIBLICAL BELIEF IN
THE GOD OF FAITH AND THE GOD OF THE PHILOSOPHERS
FAITH IN GOD TODAY
BELIEF IN THE TRIUNE
A THE PROBLEM OF FAITH IN JESUS TODAY
The Cross
JESUS CHRISTTRUE GOD AND TRUE
THE DIFFERENT PATHS TAKEN BY CHRISTOLOGY
CHRISTIANSTRUCTURES
THE DEVELOPMENT OF FAITH IN CHRIST IN THE CHRISTOLOGICAL
THE INTRINSIC UNITY OF THE LAST STATEMENTS IN THE CREED
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Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) is widely recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual leaders of our age. As Pope he authored the best-selling Jesus of Nazareth; and prior to his pontificate, he wrote many influential books that continue to remain important for the contemporary Church, such as Introduction to Christianity and The Spirit of the Liturgy.

 

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