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Introduction to Christianity Paperback – December, 1990
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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
About the Author
Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI) is recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual leaders of our age. As pope he authored the best-selling Jesus of Nazareth. Prior to his pontificate, he wrote many influential books important for the contemporary Church, such as Introduction to Christianity and The Spirit of the Liturgy.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This first encounter with Joseph Ratzinger changed me. It taught me that serious reflection on God’s Word does not have to be obscure or remote or impenetrable. It can be communicated in simple, straightforward language that is accessible to everyone.
Ratzinger's Introduction to Christianity is easier to read than most comparable works, but it's not simplistic or superficial. In fact, this is an "introduction in depth"-- a beginning look at the heart and substance of what Christians' believe. I recommend it highly to anyone who wants to dig deep into the meaning of life in Christ.
Joseph Ratzinger, the introverted scholar from Bavaria who became pope, has now retired from public life. I hope he has not retired from his life's work--introducing the world to Christianity and (most importantly) to the person of Jesus Christ.
Validated in some things I've wondered about over the years, but never learned in Catholic school, I was also challenged to rethink much of the "dogma" that I had been taught. Not that the "facts" that I was taught were wrong, but that the meaning of those facts, the implications and point to myself as a Christian, were glossed over or dismissed as "intellectual." This author is, besides incredibly learned and scholarly, actively compassionate well beyond the norm of theologians. He writes not to elevate himself in the eyes of his peers, but to explore the whole truth of Christ with the reader, including the history recorded in Scripture, the early Church developments, and recent history's redactions. His clarity is unparalleled, and his thoughts on this crucial topic are accessible and heart-provoking. Best book on Christianity that I've ever read.