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‘In the Beginning…’: A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall (Ressourcement: Retrieval and Renewal in Catholic Thought | RRRCT)

, 1995
ISBN: 9780802841063


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In four superb homilies and a concluding essay, Joseph Ratzinger, provides a clear and inspiring exploration of the Genesis creation narratives.

While the stories of the world’s creation and the fall of humankind have often been subjected to reductionism of one sort or another—literalists treat the Bible as a science textbook whereas rationalists divorce God from creation—Ratzinger presents a rich, balanced Catholic understanding of these early biblical writings and attests to their enduring vitality.

Beginning each homily with a text selected from the first three chapters of Genesis, Ratzinger discusses, in turn, God the creator, the meaning of the biblical creation accounts, the creation of human beings, and sin and salvation; in the appendix he unpacks the beneficial consequences of faith in creation.

Expertly translated from German, these reflections set out a reasonable and biblical approach to creation. ‘In the Beginning...’ also serves as an excellent homiletic resource for priests and pastors.

Key Features

  • Contains four homilies based on Scripture selections from Genesis
  • Presents a theological perspective on the creation and fall
  • Explores the practical implications of the creation and fall


  • God the Creator
  • The Meaning of the Biblical Creation Accounts
  • The Creation of the Human Being
  • Sin and Salvation

Praise for the Print Edition

The readable but challenging meditations attempt a balance between extremes of fundamentalism and rationalism and emphasize a unity between the Old and New Testaments.

Library Journal

These homilies on Genesis...will be a source of light to many priests and religious educators who are seeking the deeper meaning of the biblical truths of dependence or of the Sabbath rest or who are looking for an answer to the claim that God’s mandate ‘Fill the earth and subdue it’ is responsible for the shameless exploitation of the earth that we have witnessed.


With penetrating insight, Cardinal Ratzinger here treats the profoundly important and far-reaching doctrine of Genesis...I’ve not read a more profound or magisterial book in years.

New Oxford Review

Product Details

  • Title: ‘In the Beginning...’:A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall
  • Author: Pope Benedict XVI
  • Series: Ressourcement: Retrieval and Renewal in Catholic Thought (RRRCT)
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 1995
  • Pages: 112
  • Christian Group: Catholic
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Genesis

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Pope Benedict XVI was the 265th pope, by virtue of his office of Bishop of Rome, the Sovereign of the Vatican City State and the head of the Roman Catholic Church. 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. A native of Bavaria, Pope Benedict XVI has both German and Vatican citizenship.

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