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  • Hardcover: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Ignatius Press (April 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586172476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586172473
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #379,010 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1927 in Germany as Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI has been head of the Roman Catholic Church since April 2005. A prolific author, theologian and university professor, Ratzinger served as an "expert" at the Second Vatican Council, and was tapped in 1977 by Pope Paul VI to lead the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. In 1981, Pope John Paul II called him to Rome to head the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, where he served until his papal election.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By W. Easley VINE VOICE on May 20, 2009
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Benedict XVI has written another important text. In Credo for Today, the Pope articulates and illustrates the Creed of the Church. Who better to explain the creed than the very man who shepherded the Catechism of the Catholic Church?

In Credo, Benedict gives the background and rationale for each element of the creed. He explains the theology of the creed in the framework of the scriptures of the Old Testament and New testament. He puts the teachings in perspective in the context of the Church, history, society, and the culture of Biblical times as well as today's.

Although some of his sentences are lengthy, and his support for the articles of the creed detailed and footnoted, Benedict proves the case. Instead of just making statements of his belief, or the Church's position on elements of the creed, Benedict establishes each point and strengthens it with references and examples.

His beginning chapter explains what it means to be Christian. The essence is love. He claims that being a Christian means having love. In this chapter he investigates the twenty second chapter of Matthew's gospel about the two commandments of love. He uses the twenty fifth chapter of Matthew's gospel to help define the extent to which love of other humans is vital. Benedict says that the message of these chapters of Matthew is very demanding. "Who among us" doesn't pass by many in need? "Who among us" can claim he truly and simply carries out the service of being kind and loving to others.

Some of the Popes wonderful expressions of wisdom follow.
In faith we "admit the shortfall in our love". In faith we realize that our shortfall is made up for by the "surplus in Jesus Christ's love acting on our behalf." Real belief in God changes people.

I highly recommend Credo for Today. This text is a must for all teachers of the faith.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 26, 2009
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My only criticism of this fine book is that once again Ignatius Press has published decades old material by Joseph Ratzinger but displayed a recent picture of him as pope and his current papal title prominently on the cover. I am sure this practice confuses readers and is ethically dubious. If a photograph is to be used on the cover it should signal to the purchaser that the volume is not a recent work of the pope but (excellent) material published originally in German before he became a bishop or a cardinal, let alone pope.
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The Catholic Church, and by reflection, all Christianity have been so blessed by the last 2 ministries of the Bishops of Rome, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI. This is not to put down Pope Paul VI, and his many Pius sucessors, who were also of high intellect. But they do not compare with JPII, with his double doctorates, so easy in the company of modern philosphers, and Joseph Ratzinger, profoundly deeper than all the biblical exegetes from the previous century, combined with a deep appreciation of Catholic dogma, with a profound spiritual understanding. This book carries all those three genre.

Compared to most contemporary leaders, it is so pleasant to see the Cardinal, later the Pope, to know the writings, the music and the art of Bach, Chagall, Marx and Nietzsche. These are the essence of pure mondernism, and hence the opponents of contemporary Christianity.

On p. 35, Ratzinger say that: "Belief in creation concerns the difference between nothing and something, while the idea of evolution exmanines the difference between something and something else. Creation characterizes being as a whole as 'being from somewhere else.;" So our Pope engages current science, if not scientism.

On p. 68, the Cardinal shows how, with ancient doctrine, God does not suffer, but through his Son, he "suffers with."

P. 121, it is a pleasure to know that the Pope enjoys weekends like all of us!

On pp. 132ff, the Pope reminds us that the Spanish Scholastics gave the intellectual impetus regardind to Peace to Pufendorf et al.

Well worth any Christian's time, and any of those researching on the edges.
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This is a challenging book by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI. I have a Master's Degree in English and still had to have dictionary close by when reading some of the chapters. Others were not so difficult. This book is the topic of a Lenten book study group at my church, so having a priest to guide us is very helpful. I'd recommend reading this book as part of a group for the sake of questions and discussion. I appreciate that the book arrived just in time for the first night of the book study.Credo for Today: What Christians Believe
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