Skillfully translated from the original Italian by Antony Shugaar, Against Ratzinger is a close study of the message of the current Catholic Pope, Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI), scrutinizing his life and theology as well as comparing him to his predecessor Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II). Though written from an intellectual standpoint, Against Ratzinger is sharply critical of the narrow-minded aspects to Ratzinger's doctrine. Against Ratzinger has much to criticize Ratzinger upon, such as his collaboration with the Axis during World War II, his tendency to depict masturbation or consensual adult homosexual relationships as morally objectionable as pedophilia, his blindness to the ills caused by unchecked population growth in his stance against contraception, and more. Yet the greatest criticism of all is the revelation of how he has subverted philosophical reason to champion Christianity and Christians as the sole hope of combating negative social issues or societal decline in Europe, adamantly refuting the possibility that nonbelievers could also be a creative, moral, ethical, or revitalizing force. "We should reject Joseph Ratzinger's claim to philosophical authority because... he has stealthily purloined from the field of rational research its essential nucleus and objective. By defining (but never proving) the partiality and inadequacy of human reason as it has been used in modern times against the authenticity of the Christian narrative, unprovable by definition, the pontiff denies truth the opportunity to offer itself up to rational inquiry. To judge from the feeble response of many professional philosophers to the pope's strategic move, philosophy - inasmuch as it is a quest for truth - truly seems dead." Highly recommended as a solidly argued counter-argument to the values and the system of thinking that Ratzinger promotes.