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The Theology of Benedict XVI: A Protestant Appreciation
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The Theology of Benedict XVI: A Protestant Appreciation

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God’s rottweiler or shepherd of the faithful?

There’s no doubt about Benedict XVI’s theological legacy. He’s been at the center of every major theological controversy in the Catholic Church over the last fifty years. But he remains a polarizing figure, misunderstood by supporters and opponents alike.

A deeper understanding of Benedict’s theology reveals a man dedicated to the life and faith of the church. In this collection of essays, prominent Protestant theologians examine and commend the work of the Pope Emeritus. Katherine Sonderegger, Kevin Vanhoozer, and Carl Trueman—among others—present a full picture of Benedict’s theology, particularly his understanding of the relationship between faith and reason and his pursuit of truth for the church. The global Christian faith can learn from Benedict’s insight into the modern church and his desire to safeguard the future of the church by leaning on the wisdom of the ancient church.


  • Introduction by Tim Perry
  • Faith and Reason by Ben Myers
  • Part 1: Dogmatic Theology
    • Task of Theology by Katherine Sonderegger
    • The Virtues of the Theologian: Faith, Hope, and Love by Gregg Allison
    • Scripture by Kevin Vanhoozer
    • Anthropology by Luke Stamps
    • Christology by Chris Holmes
    • Mary by Tim Perry
    • Trinity by Fred Sanders
    • Ecclesiology/Ecumenicism by Carl Trueman
  • Part 2: Liturgical Theology
    • The Task of the Priesthood by David Ney
    • Liturgy by Peter Leithart
    • Eucharist by Joey Royal
    • Preaching by Annette Brownlee
    • Prayer by Preston Parsons
    • Catechesis by Jonathan Warren

Product Details

  • Title: The Theology of Benedict XVI: A Protestant Appreciation
  • Editor: Tim Parry
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Page Count: 272
  • Format: Logos Digital, Hardcover
  • Trim Size: 5.5x8.5
  • ISBN: 9781683593461

About the Editor

Tim Perry (PhD, Durham University) is adjunct professor of theology at Saint Paul University (Ottawa, ONT) and Trinity School for Ministry (Ambridge, PA). He is author of Mary for Evangelicals: Toward an Understanding of the Mother of Our Lord and editor of The Legacy of John Paul II: An Evangelical Assessment.

About Benedict XVI

Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) is one of the foremost contemporary Catholic theologians: Pope from 2005 to 2013, Prefect for the Congregation of Doctrine and Faith from 1981 until his election as Pope, theological consultant to the Second Vatican Council (1962–1965), and longtime professor of theology. He is author of numerous books, including Introduction to Christianity, Jesus of Nazareth (3 vols.), and The Spirit of the Liturgy.