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The Nature and Mission of Theology: Essays to Orient Theology in Today's Debates

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Cardinal Ratzinger wrote this book in response to the dialogue going on today concerning theology and the clarification of its methods, its mission and its limits which he thinks has become urgent. Ratzinger states: "To do theology-as the Magisterium understands theology-it is not sufficient merely to calculate how much religion can reasonably be expected of man and to ...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published February 17th 2006 by Ignatius Press (first published April 1995)
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Chemteacher
Feb 04, 2015 Chemteacher rated it really liked it
Scholarly and the man speaks philosophy like a philosopher. Gives a very good look at how the former pope thinks. Much, much more sophisticated than something like the Fr. Dubay book I read last week.
This book is written about what it is to be a theologian, but the preconditions for that are not a lot different than those required for other Catholics involved in the Church's public sphere.
Recommended for those who are willing to take their time with it. A lot of people read this stuff devotion
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Benedict with surprising equanimity and poise tackles several issues germane to contemporary thinkers: the relationship between faith and philosophy, the role of freedom in the Academy, the ecclesial basis for theology, the true need and origin of pluralism in the Church and theology, as well as the theologians relationship to the Magisterium (in response to criticisms of Donum Veritatis). Informative, not overly dense, useful for fashioning a catholic approach to theology, but not all ...more
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