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Cool, rational, compelling.,
This review is from: Truth And Tolerance: Christian Belief And World Religions (Paperback)
I picked up a copy of this book because I was curious what the "inflexible chief enforcer of John Paul's fundamentalist prohibitions" had to say on the topics of tolerance and truth. As a scientist, I was exceedingly skeptical of the book and expected to put it away after a few pages. I was wrong; the book not only held my attention, I found it quite fascinating. It is lucidly written and shows an astonishing knowledge and understanding of science and technology and their imprints on present day Western thought. Ratzinger presents a compelling argument for Christianity as the religion of reason, compatible with modern science yet demanding transcendence of the empirical and, of course, ultimately, faith. But I could appreciate his thoughts on a purely secular level.
I always feel that the best compliment I can make an author is that I would like to meet him, in this case definitely not because of his elevated position, but because he has important things to say that might be fun to discuss.