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Introduction to Christianity (Rev. ed.)

, 2004
ISBN: 9781586170295


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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 Apostles’ 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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  • Prefaces to each edition of Introduction to Christianity
  • General index and Scripture index
Cardinal Ratzinger offers us a profound meditation on the twelve articles of the Apostles’ Creed. These reflections will challenge and expand one’s knowledge of the Catholic faith. He addresses and answers many of the modern objections to faith in God the Father and Creator, his only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Catholic Church. This is solid food that must be eaten slowly, but it is very nourishing and worth the effect.

—Fr. Kenneth Baker S. J., editor, Homiletic and Pastoral Review

It takes a great deal of courage to attempt to give a commentary on the Apostles’ Creed today. Ratzinger has done this in an admirable fashion. His book is profound, contemporary, straightforward.

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  • Title: Introduction to Christianity
  • Author: Joseph Ratzinger
  • Translator: J. R. Foster
  • Edition: Revised
  • Publisher: Ignatius
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 300

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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  1. Br Damien-Joseph OSB
    This is a fantastic book. With such a humble name, it's easy to think that it's merely a short apologetic for Christianity, but it truly is much deeper. Cardinal Ratzinger demonstrates a very prayerful and vast wisdom of the ages. This is actually a very theological and philosophical treatise of the Christian faith, very different from, say, Lewis' Mere Christianity or Chesterton's Orthodoxy, which were written for the masses in a very approachable way. While Introduction to Christianity was also meant for the masses, it (perhaps unconsciously) relies on the philosophical and historical knowledge of the reader. (You also need to be a patient reader, who reads things slowly, because there simply is no powering-through this one.)


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