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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 uti ...more
Paperback, 130 pages
Published February 17th 2006 by Ignatius Press (first published April 1995)
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Wendy Wong Schirmer
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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What is theology?

One traditional understanding of the term is "faith seeking understanding." For Ratzinger, theology begins where the human intellect, while important, is not sufficient. Theology is not meant for academic theologians alone, but for everyone. For Catholic theology to retain its character, its Catholicity, and not to merely comprise the content of any theologian's own thoughts, the Church and her Magisterium are necessary safeguards.

As one reviewer put it, a book like this is not
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Chemteacher
Jan 13, 2015 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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Jordan
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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An important collection on the ecclesial nature of theology, and the inauthenticity which occurs when theologians operate apart from the Church. Goes well with the 1949 Holy Office letter to the Archbishop of Boston, The Ratzinger Report and What Went Wrong with Vatican II.
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Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The man is a genius!
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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 encompass ...more
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Timely meditations.
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The first two chapters are pure gold. Very much needed: "Faith, Philosophy, and Theology" and "On the Essence of the Academy and Its Freedom."
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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 Catholic Church. He was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave, celebrated his Papal Inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and too ...more
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