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Benedict XVI: A Guide for the Perplexed

Format: Digital
, 2010
ISBN: 9780567034366


This is an upper-level introduction to the thought and theology of Pope Benedict XVI. The book explains the foundations of Ratzinger's thought by analyzing the theological axes upon which his works turn and helps readers to place his thought in the context of his intellectual antecedents and contemporary interlocutors.

Key Features

  • Presents a clear and concise introduction to one of the leading theological thinkers of the 20th century
  • Emphasizes Pope Benedict's thought in the context of his contemporaries
  • Adds helpful insights for those already familiar with Benedict's writings and thought


  • The Intellectual Antecedents and Contemporary Interlocutors
  • The Response to the Modernist Crisis
  • The Response to Heidegger
  • The Essential Difference of Christianity
  • The Response to Kasper and Küng
  • The Theological Virtues
  • The Importance of Beauty & other Augustinian Motifs

Praise for the Print Edition

If to be famous is also to be misunderstood, then Joseph Ratzinger/Benedict XVI must count as one of the most misunderstood theologians of our time. No wonder even sympathetic readers find themselves perplexed and on the lookout for a reliable guide. In this latest in T&T Clark's Guide for the Perplexed series, Tracey Rowland has given us just what we need: the best overview of the pope's thought currently available.

—Edward T. Oakes, S.J., Chester & Margaret Paluch Professor of Theology, University of St. Mary of the Lake and Mundelein Seminary

Tracey Rowland's beautifully composed book is a masterpiece of scholarship and argument. With exceptional clarity, she shows that Pope Benedict's critique of secularism and his defense of traditional Catholicism are grounded in a symphonic synthesis - of Scripture, the living Tradition of the Church, the teachings of its Doctors and Fathers as well as a modern attention to history and culture. His Romantic Orthodoxy is key to a Christian Renaissance and the reunification of the episcopally-based Churches. As Rowland's vivid portrait reveals, Benedict's theological vision makes him one of the most significant pontiffs since the Reformation.

—Adrian Pabst, Lecturer in Politics, University of Kent at Canterbury

Product Details

In the Verbum edition, this volume is enhanced by a world-class set of research and study tools. Important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Verbum Catholic Study Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Tracey Rowland is dean and associate professor of political philosophy and Continental theology at the John Paul II Institute in Melbourne, Australia. She is a member of the Centre for Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham and a member of the editorial board of the English language edition of Communio, founded, among others, by Joseph Ratzinger. She is the author of Culture and the Thomist Tradition: After Vatican II and Ratzinger’s Faith: The Theology of Benedict XVI.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition