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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 ...more
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Published October 31st 2004 by Ignatius Press (first published December 31st 1990)
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Jan 02, 2009 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 07, 2009 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Aug 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jay D
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Word up. Read it. Religious epistemology, ecumenism, paradigms, philosophy, theology, and all that jazz.
Jul 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
David Paternostro,
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Cardinal Ratzinger covers a broad range of topics, ranging from the types of world religions, how to consider claims of culture and history, and what to think of the Enlightenment and progress, all related to the larger question of philosophy, Christianity and claims of truth. Human beings are cultural animals, and Truth and Tolerance examines how Christianity may speak to humans in the midst of their culture.
Oct 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Mar 02, 2009 rated it liked it
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.
Santeri Marjokorpi
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 06, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Dec 11, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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.
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.
Feb 18, 2010 marked it as to-read
Shelves: catholic
I tried to read this work once before, and it started to get way over my head. Here's to trying again!
Ante Mikulić
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brutalno dobra knjiga!
Nov 02, 2007 rated it liked it
Rich in wisdom.
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The search for truth is an important aspect of human relations and Pope Benedict guides us on this search.
Aug 23, 2009 rated it liked it
I was pleasantly surprized by the tolerance and respect with which the book was written.
Joshua Casteel
Jan 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A challenging and direct work.
Aug 09, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Scholarly but accessible by a great theologian.
One word. Phenomenal!
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sorry Ratzy. I like you as a person, cause you seem to long for Truth more than your successor does for Facebook likes, but really this was so disappointing. Really theology hasn't gone much forward since Middle Ages, uh. I was hoping to challenge my views but this book only strengthened my believes: Christianity might have a progressive force for the first few centuries since it developed, but then it just became a scrawny thing, all intended in preserving itself instead of renovating and ...more
Mary Margaret
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting collection of talks and essays by Pope Benedict, mostly when he was Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Examines the questions of truth, freedom and tolerance as a philosopher and observer of history. While it is a valuable resource for topics of meditation, as a book, it is difficult to read and often redundant and repetitive. Very good food for thought, however, in light of world events in the decades since these pieces were written. Truth remains Truth.
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