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Faith and the Future Hardcover – March 30, 2009
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I want to share one quote from the book because I think it serves as an excellent summary of the main thesis of the book:
"...I maintain that reflection upon history, properly understood, embraces both looking back into the past and, with that as the starting point, reflecting on the possibilities and tasks of the future, which can only become clear if we survey a fairly long stretch of the road and do not naively shut ourselves up in the present. Looking back into the past does not yield a prediction of the future, but it limits our illusion of complete uniqueness and shows us that while exactly the same did not happen before, something very similar did."
In the first chapter of the book "Faith and Knowledge", Pope Benedict XVI largely raises and acknowledges already asked questions of the faith. He doesn't really try to answer them in this chapter, but it's very helpful in that he asks a number of questions which I had never considered. I think it also demonstrates that great sense of care, thoroughness, and thoughtfulness of Pope Benedict XVI as a theologian and scholar.
The second chapter is titled "Faith and Existence" and it was extremely helpful in the treatment of Abraham as a model of faith for today. I don't want to give any spoilers, but I found this portion the book to be the most helpful and exciting to read.
The third chapter, "Faith and Philosophy", is largely a treatment of the major issues of philosophy that have shaped how we approach the faith. Pope Benedict XVI does offer a few critiques of those ideas that have caused problems for the Catholic culture, but this chapter is largely a survey of those issues that, I think, he feels it would be important for Catholics to be aware of.
The fourth chapter, "The Future of the World Through the Hope of Men", is basically a small treatment on hope, but also a small critique of the obstacles that Catholics raise which might hinder the spread of the gospel.
The final chapter, "What Will the Future Church Look Like?", wrestles with a few modern characters and fairly recent historical movements that attempted or succeeded to reshape the church, though not always for the better.
I have to admit that one of the real strengths of the book is that it's not at all the treatment of faith that I expected or am used to reading. It's also a quick read and has several of the wonderful quotable passages we are used to with Pope Benedict XVI.
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