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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: The Catholic University of America Press (May 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813221471
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813221472
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in 1927 in Germany as Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI became head of the Roman Catholic Church in April 2005. A prolific author, theologian, and professor, Ratzinger served as an expert at the Second Vatican Council; led the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising; and, in 1981, was called to Rome by Pope John Paul II to head the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, where he served until his papal election.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Fountain on July 16, 2013
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I am a big Ratzinger fan and an aspiring professor so the instant I saw this was coming out I preordered it. The book is a collection of speeches, letters, and addresses made by Pope Benedict XVI on the relationship between the intellect and intellectual life, and faith. The texts are arranged into chapters by theme ("Culture and the University" etc) and are mostly unabridged, except where greetings or blessings to the specific group being addressed have been omitted. Each one has been given a title to sum up its message or theme, but there is also a subheading which tells the reader who the text was addressed to and when. The famous and controversial Regensburg address is here as well as the address at Westminster Hall. The talks cover all aspects of intellectual life from pure science to Sunday School. The only thing I dislike about the book is that CUA opted to give the pages a deckle-edge finish which makes it tricky to flip through and find what you want, a real negative in an anthology like this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Dunn TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 13, 2014
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ducation is something dear to my heart. Though I am not a formal teacher, I take pride in educating others. Whether it is Monday through Friday on the job site, Sunday morning catechesis, or instructing my son daily, I love to help others learn and learn as well. Our previous pope, Benedict XVI, also had a lifelong love of learning and education. This can be seen in his book A Reason Open to God, which is a collection of essays, speeches, homilies, etc. he gave on the subject of education. Sections in this book include: The Problem and the Urgent Task Ahead, Faith and Reason; Freedom and Truth; Education and Love; Pedagogy and Learning; The Church - Education in Faith and Community; Culture and University; Science, Technology, and Theology, and Caritas and Mission.

I particularly enjoyed the section entitled "The Church - Education in Faith and Community," which was actually the longest section in the book. In one 2011 address, Pope Benedict quotes Vatican II by saying that, "Christian education has as its principal purpose this goal: that the baptized, while they are gradually introduced the knowledge of the mystery of salvation, become ever more aware of the gift of the Faith they have received,...and be conformed in their personal lives according to the new man created in justice and holiness of truth." This seems like a deep statement to ponder, but put simply he is telling us that we must continue to learn and grow in the Faith and not stop once we have received the Sacraments of Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation. Also in this section, Pope Benedict reminds parents that they are the first people responsible for teaching their children the Faith.
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By W. Vouk on January 2, 2014
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Forgive the cliche -- but "both-and" works much better than "either-or" -- especially when it comes to faith and reason. Indeed, neither faith nor reason is able to reach completion without the other. Pope Benedict XVI, among the very brightest intellects of our age, is clear in his appeal to leave reason open to its ultimate purpose -- union with the infinite.
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"A Reason Open to God: On Universities, Education, and Culture," is indispensable for those passionate about Catholic higher education. Edited by professor J. Steven Brown, featuring a remarkable foreword by Catholic University president John Garvey, and made up of some of Benedict XVI's greatest addresses (over 50) during his pontificate, this book could not have come at a better time, especially during this confusing and troubling time when the word "Catholic" is debatable and universities across the world are re-examining their mission and identity in relation to a highly charged secular realm suspicious of anything that has to do with faith.

The book is divided as follows:
Introduction: The Problem and the Urgent Task Ahead
1. The Relationship of Faith and Reason
2. The Symphony of Freedom and Truth
3. Education and Love
4. Pedagogy and Learning
5. The Church -- Education in Faith and Community
6. Culture and the University
7. Science, Technology, and Theology
Conclusion: Caritas and Mission

The "educational emergency" described by Benedict and expounded on in these speeches is a true crisis. It is clear sound Catholic education rooted in the pursuit of truth is at the heart of his agenda and continues to be a major point of contention in Catholic universities: what is truth? What is a Catholic university today? Is faith and reason compatible and promoted in and outside the classroom? This book makes it quite clear the Church's commitment to improving the quality of education in a declining culture.
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By christine o'riley on July 17, 2013
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This book, as the extensive list of books written by the Holy Father, challenge the reader to reach beyond, what he or she thinks they know about education and reason, to ponder past, current, and future "issues" within the context of faith and reason. I can think of few topics as critical to society as education, family, and culture; especially during this turbulent era, with the on-going efforts of an increasingly secular society to marginalize faith, religious teachings, and love for others in “everyday living.” Pope Benedict XVI delineates for the reader, the significance of establishing clear educational goals for higher Catholic education and the corresponding trickle down effects of these goals. This collection, in addition to being pragmatic, proposes that by exercising personal and collective courage, one can hope for a better society - if one is willing to be steadfast in their faith and strives to uphold the faith in the in service to others, as our Lord has commanded us to do. Truly a refreshing read.
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