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Truth And Tolerance: Christian Belief And World Religions

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Is truth knowable? If we know the truth, must we hide it in the name of tolerance? Cardinal Ratzinger engages the problem of truth, tolerance, religion and culture in the modern world. Describing the vast array of world religions, Ratzinger embraces the difficult challenge of meeting diverse understandings of spiritual truth while defending the Catholic teaching of salvati ...more
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If Christianity is the "true" philosophy or the religio vera, how are inter-religious dialogues possible? Ratzinger attempts to answer this question by stating something which many do not wish to examine - it is through our differences that an understanding between faiths can be established. Inter-religious dialogues should not be used as a tool to promote the emergence of a singular religion in the spirit of neo-Platonism, but should instead be used to reach a better understanding amongst relig ...more
Nov 02, 2015 Bonnie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an excellent compilation of Lectures given by Cardinal Ratzinger on the subject of truth that points out how Christianity can easily be absorbed into any culture or religion without destroying that culture or religious history. It is not easy reading, but certainly worthwhile and very thought provoking. The last lecture was easiest for me to read, whether because I had gotten used to the subject matter or because it was less erudite I am not sure. I plan to read through all of the l ...more
Jay D
Jun 13, 2013 Jay D rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Word up. Read it. Religious epistemology, ecumenism, paradigms, philosophy, theology, and all that jazz.
Aug 04, 2013 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book explores one of the toughest questions that arises for Christians and others who believe in truth. Can we claim something to be true without resorting to intolerance? How can we live in a world of differing beliefs without either going to war with each other or relativizing the claims of every system (you have your "truth; I have mine).

Benedict (Cardinal Ratzinger when this was written) goes about his task by first distinguishing between two basic kinds of religions: monotheisms and my
Jan 02, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
About this book, there is good news and bad news.

Bad news first: this is not a "book" inspite of being packaged as one, though this is not explained on the cover. Instead it is a collection of at best loosely related lectures given over several decades, thus it is uneven and does not read as a coherent work. The sub-title, "Christian Belief and World Religions," is inacurrate at best, deceptive at worst. This is not a book about Christianity and world religions; and given the grave importance o
Santeri Marjokorpi
Jul 23, 2014 Santeri Marjokorpi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teologia, filosofia
Taattua Ratzingeria. Kirja käsittelee ajankohtaisia kysymyksiä kristinuskon ja muiden uskontojen suhteesta sekä totuudesta, suvaitsevaisuudesta ja relativismista. Yksi tähti lähti kirjan suhteellisen sekavasta rakenteesta, mutta muuten mielenkiintoinen teos, jossa perehdytään analyyttisesti nykyihmisiä vaivaaviin uskontoteologisiin kysymyksiin.
Dec 23, 2013 Joyce rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-re-read
Truth and Tolerance was a really engaging read. Cardinal Ratzinger tackled a number of delicate and challenging contradictions head-on, not shying away from controversial points-of-view, pursing first and foremost Truth as the key to freedom, of religion, of man, and of society.

The book speaks to contradictions in culture and religion; in relativism and objective truth; in the claims of different religions; and in the pursuit of "freedom." The philosophical arguments are well explained. The den
Dec 15, 2015 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The search for truth is an important aspect of human relations and Pope Benedict guides us on this search.
Andrew Votipka
Jan 12, 2016 Andrew Votipka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One word. Phenomenal!
Dec 23, 2009 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not an easy book to read, it seems more like the text of a lecture given by a very educated academic to a group of like individuals. Therefore, if you are looking for light reading on the topic, this is not a good choice. However, it is a very good study with a significant amount of in depth analysis into the topic of Christian belief and how it relates to other religions of the world.
Jun 17, 2014 Jenn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faith
If you have never read Pope Benedict XVI/Joseph Ratzinger DO NOT start with this book. I love his books but this one I felt like I put my hands to the plow on a hill filled with boulders. This is the first book I truly broke a sweat while reading.

That said. Wow. Just wow. Truth. Tolerance. Freedom. Especially freedom. This man has a mind that just amazes me. I love his books.
Jan 06, 2011 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
I'm conflicted about how many stars to give this one. The "book" is a collection of individual writings, not actually one book and because the marketing is misleading I'm giving it three stars.

The writings are terrific, I love his work - I would give the first couple writings 5 stars, some of the others are a little difficult to get through sometimes.
Antony Christy
Pope Benedict is often critiqued for his theological 'straight jackets'...but that is what makes for a solid foundation when it comes to entering a process like interreligious dialogue. Joseph Ratzinger lays bare the theological trappings that lurch in the shadows of a progressivist or a inclusivist.
Connie Klever
I was interested in the Pope's perspective on this issue, but found the presentation a bit "over my head" at the time I was reading it! Will try again when I have more time to concentrate on the material.
Aug 09, 2010 Emmy rated it liked it
Still working through it
somewhat painful to get through but interesting insight into the mind-workings of the current Head of the Roman Catholic Church
Jun 28, 2015 Jamie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: catholic
I tried to read this work once before, and it started to get way over my head. Here's to trying again!
Aug 23, 2009 Maria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprized by the tolerance and respect with which the book was written.
Jan 18, 2016 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scholarly but accessible by a great theologian.
Joshua Casteel
Jan 20, 2008 Joshua Casteel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A challenging and direct work.
Ante Mikulić
May 29, 2015 Ante Mikulić rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brutalno dobra knjiga!
Nov 02, 2007 Riko rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rich in wisdom.
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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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