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God and the World: A Conversation With Peter Seewald Paperback – August 1, 2002
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About the Author
Pope Benedict XVI (Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger) is widely recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual leaders of our age. As Pope he authored the best-selling Jesus of Nazareth; and prior to his pontificate, he wrote many influential books that continue to remain important for the contemporary Church, such as Introduction to Christianity and The Spirit of the Liturgy.
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In the first section, the Prologue, Seewald continues in a vein similar to the earlier book, asking questions that are both academic and personal, discussing issues of faith, vocation, mystery and belief. Ratzinger speaks of his personal devotion and prayer practices, which include traditional forms of standard communal prayer (noontime Angelus, Vespers, Compline) as well as his own personal prayer practices, such as reciting a prayer before rising in the morning. He gives an account of how this kind of practice strengthens and reinforces itself, saying that 'the organ of sensitivity to God can atrophy to such an extent that the words of faith become quite meaningless.'
Seewald directs the questions in a format that might serve as a guide to following a systematic theology - while this is not Ratzinger's systematic theology by any means, one can see the philosophical and theological consistency even in the answers to the question-and-answer format. He speaks of God, creation, Christology, scripture, sacraments, ecclesiology, and more. These are done in creative but traditional ways - for example, the section of Christology (speaking of Jesus Christ), the conversation falls under broad headings of Revelation, The Way, The Truth, and The Light (as separate sections). He also explores issues of Mariology and the significance of the Cross.Read more ›
The dialogue format works extremely well, enabling the reader to digest complex issues in small, well-written presentations. The style is simple and direct which flows well, maintaining the reader's attention despite the nature of the topic. Originally written in German, the translation is exceptional; the author's ideas and thoughts are conveyed smoothly, while occasional difficulties are addressed through accompanying footnotes and commentary.
GOD AND THE WORLD is probably the most engaging of all of Pope Benedict's longer works and can be read sequentially or by topic. For those unfamiliar with the Holy Father's writings, this book is probably the best introduction to his understanding of Catholic Theology.
If regular theology is too much of a chore for you but you want to know what the theology of Ratzinger/Benedict is, then look no further. This is a very easy-to-read book.
There are so many things that are wonderful about this book; it is hard to know where to begin. First and foremost, this is a fantastic comprehensive synthesis of Ratzinger's views regarding much of the current concerns of the Church and of the world.
Additionally, the question and answer format makes this book extremely accessible, even for those who might think they are too busy to read about the new Pope. I would even say that the topics that are discussed in this interview are of interest to everybody as they do not necessarily revolve around interior Church issues.
Like I said earlier, I suggest that you read this book. It's a great way to start learning more about what Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) is like and how he thinks.
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As all of Ratzinger's work, this book explains in a common and simple approach the questions any teenager or adult have asked about Faith along the centuries. Read morePublished on December 5, 2012 by Marcela Villarreal
Similar to 'Salt of the Earth', this book- 'God and the World' is full of wisdom, common sense, truth and anecdotal information which enlightens and illuminates the Catholic faith. Read morePublished on August 6, 2011 by aline
In my opinion, Pope Benedict XVI is a brilliant theologian and I enjoyed reading this interview very much. Read morePublished on December 25, 2009 by E. J. Phelan
Overall, an excellent, informative volume, useful for inspirational browsing. The one caveat arises by comparison to Pope Benedict's self-authored works, as opposed to this... Read morePublished on March 27, 2009 by Ed
The book is an extensive overview of the Christian faith from a Catholic point of view, the format is question-answer, and the questions are by the well prepared (and friendly)... Read morePublished on February 23, 2006 by Joseph Nastasi P.Eng.
I had been quite surprised reading "Salt of the Earth" at Cardinal Ratzinger's measured response to Peter Seewald's questions. Read morePublished on September 15, 2005 by Arthem