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Ratzinger's Faith: The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI Hardcover – March 20, 2008
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"The pope's deep and passionate love for the adventure of theology shines through this text, which is geared to the reasonably educated lay reader. Not only papal enthusiasts but also libraries and professional theologians will want to have this book." --Theological Studies
""Both intellectually sophisticated and yet aimed at the ordinary educated reader...Provides valuable insight into how an influential contemporary theologian and--perhaps--other members of her circle view the development of contemporary Catholic theology and Ratzinger's role in it." --The Thomist
About the Author
Tracey Rowland is Dean and Associate Professor of Political Philosophy and Continental Theology of the John Paul II Institute, Melbourne, Australia, and Member of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham.
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For her present work demonstrates a profound grasp of the wide-ranging theological work of Pope Benedict XVI and of the theological and philosophical schools within which and in contradistinction to which he has written. No one book can hope to encompass his theological achievement, but certainly one finds here a reliable and sympathetic introduction to it. For serious students of Catholic theology and indeed for those seeking an insight into Pope Benedict's vision of the Church's role in the modern world, this book is a must.
Rowland pulls together a wide range of material and synthesizes it quite well. Unlike Nicol's book, which just walks the reader through some early texts (where he seems to simply restate what Ratzinger just wrote) and other books which attempt to polemicize him needlessly, this one honestly looks at the controversial aspects of his insights, but not in a hysterical tone.
She moves from some of his earlier ideas into his later thought, again done thematically. I thought she also provided excellent insight into the general theological atmosphere in which Ratzinger wrote. She contextualizes in a straightforward manner that allows the reader to grasp the significance and deeper targets Ratzinger sets his sights on. One glaring omission in the text is handled deftly by Hahn in his book Covenant and Communion (2009). While Rowland covers the wide range of Ratzinger's thought, Hahn tackles Ratzinger's understanding of Scripture and synthesizes a tremendous amount of the pope's scholarship in order to develop the heart of Ratzinger's theology: a eucharistic/Christological/sacramental communio ecclesiology.
For those not versed in theology, Rowland will require some work. It is worth it. Those versed in the field will find this extremely insightful. It is a must read for those who want to delve into Benedict's work and gain some sense of coherence and direction.
The Communion school of theology and its Ressourcement project would seem to be vibrant with not only the Holy Father but Cardinals Scola and Ouelet among others leading the cutting edge of a Christo-centric, Trinitarian and Nuptial reading within the Tradition. All of this can be said to have begun well prior to Vatican II - John Henry Newman emphasized the importance of being "deep in history" and led a recovery of interest in the Fathers which echoed to Przywara and Balthasar. To derrogate the importance of history in theology is to have failed to grasp the central and burning question facing theology in this and the later part of the last century.Read more ›
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Rowland's writings are superb and this is an excellent example. The problem is all of her writings are excellent and as a result be careful to whom you lend them. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Chuck Johnson
A very good introduction to Pope Benedict's views by a very good writer. The subject is somewhat dated--in one way of looking at it--but probably the most readable account of a... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Steve Benedict
The first few chapters are pretty heavy but they help to shine a light on this amazing man of God. I love reading Benedict's work and this book gives me a much greater appreciation... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Nicky-Simon
In this book Australian Catholic theologian Tracey Rowland develops a detailed analysis of Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict)'s Augustinian Catholic theology, which he developed over... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Greg
Catholics are unaware of this man's brilliance. Here is a priest living among us that future historians will put him in the company of the Fathers of the Church. Read morePublished on May 12, 2013 by Charles S. Smith
Very well written and balanced. But while the book indicates it's not for the professional theologian, a certain amount of background knowledge is presumed by the author. Read morePublished on August 23, 2010 by MCD