By Tracey Rowland

ISBN-10: 0567034372

ISBN-13: 9780567034373

This can be an upper-level creation to the concept and theology of Pope Benedict XVI. The ebook explains the principles of Ratzinger's idea by means of analysing the theological axes upon which his works flip and is helping readers to put his inspiration within the context of his highbrow antecedents and modern interlocutors.

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“‘If to be well-known is usually to be misunderstood, then Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI needs to count number as probably the most misunderstood theologians of our time. No ask yourself even sympathetic readers locate themselves puzzled and in search of a competent consultant. during this newest in T&T Clark's consultant for the puzzled sequence, Tracey Rowland has given us simply what we want: the easiest review of the pope's proposal at the moment available.' - Edward T. Oakes, S.J., Chester & Margaret Paluch Professor of Theology, collage of St. Mary of the Lake/ Mundelein Seminary, USA.” – Edward T. Oakes, S.J.,

“‘Tracey Rowland's superbly composed publication is a masterpiece of scholarship and argument. With extraordinary readability, she exhibits that Pope Benedict's critique of secularism and his protection of conventional Catholicism are grounded in a symphonic synthesis - of Scripture, the residing culture of the Church, the lessons of its medical professionals and Fathers in addition to a contemporary recognition to background and tradition. His Romantic Orthodoxy is essential to a Christian Renaissance and the reunification of the episcopally-based church buildings. As Rowland's vibrant portrait finds, Benedict's theological imaginative and prescient makes him probably the most major pontiffs because the Reformation.' - Adrian Pabst, Lecturer in Politics, collage of Kent at Canterbury, UK.” – Adrian Pabst,

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The head was severed from the heart. Piety was regarded as something emotional and not subject to rational scrutiny and theology was something rational and not really associated with matters of the heart. In The Spirit of the Liturgy Ratzinger applies this Platonic theory to a broad-brush history of Western art. 28 Today, he concludes, Christian art stands between two fires: It must oppose the cult of the ugly, which says that everything else, anything beautiful, is a deception and that only the depiction of what is cruel, base, and vulgar is the truth and true enlightenment.

Conversely, after 10 minutes in [Westminster] cathedral, a range of ideas that would have been inconceivable outside began to assume an air of reasonableness. Under the influence of the marble, the darkness and the incense, it seemed entirely probable that Jesus was the son of God and had walked across the Sea of Galilee. 50 Similarly, in The Spirit of the Liturgy, Ratzinger wrote: The windows of the Gothic cathedrals keep out the garishness of the light outside, while concentrating that light and using it so that the whole history of God in relation to man, from creation to the Second Coming, shines through.

Piety was regarded as something emotional and not subject to rational scrutiny and theology was something rational and not really associated with matters of the heart. In The Spirit of the Liturgy Ratzinger applies this Platonic theory to a broad-brush history of Western art. 28 Today, he concludes, Christian art stands between two fires: It must oppose the cult of the ugly, which says that everything else, anything beautiful, is a deception and that only the depiction of what is cruel, base, and vulgar is the truth and true enlightenment.

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