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Faith and the Future

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Increasingly, the future is becoming a theme for theological reflection. In the background we can detect a growing concern among many people for the future of faith. Does faith have any future at all, and, if so, where in all the confusion of today's trends will we discover its embryo?

But the problem of the future assails not only the believer. In the ever more rapidly ad
Hardcover, 118 pages
Published March 30th 2009 by Ignatius Press (first published 1971)
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Dec 01, 2011 Paul rated it really liked it
An interesting book from the crisis time of the immediate post-Conciliar period. Joe Ratzinger, now Pope, surveyed the wreckage of modern theology and modern philosophy and had few answers, only the certainty that neither could go on as they have. Highlights:

The second chapter discussion of the faith of Abraham and how it compares to Christian faith. The upshot is that both are focused on the future: Abraham on the promise of God to find a homeland for his progeny, which is ultimately unsatisfyi
Jun 28, 2012 Josh rated it really liked it
"Faith and the Future" brings together a series of radio addresses given by then Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI.

I want to share one quote from the book because I think it serves as an excellent summary of the main thesis of the book:

"...I maintain that reflection upon history, properly understood, embraces both looking back into the past and, with that as the starting point, reflecting on the possibilities and tasks of the future, which can only become clear if we survey a fairly long
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Jan 12, 2016 Andrew Votipka rated it it was amazing
Great little essays, although not for ye of little faith.
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Pope Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus PP. XVI; Italian: Benedetto XVI; German: Benedikt XVI.; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) 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, an ...more
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“Men in a totally planned world will find themselves unspeakably lonely. If they have completely lost sight of God, they will feel the whole horror of their poverty. Then they will discover the little flock of believers as something wholly new. They will discover it as a hope that is meant for them, an answer for which they have always been searching in secret.” 2 likes
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