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Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam Paperback – January 30, 2007
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Both take a look at the effects relativism has had on European culture and offer their advice on how to shake the malaise that is covering the continent. In the process, they slice history into meaningful events and even give some great insight into the U.S. and it's spiritual, political, and cultural situation.
For Catholics, this is a brillant look into how Ratzinger/Benedict sees the world and the problems he is dealing with. His suggestion of the Christian minority "activist" is a compelling vision for the future in Europe and the U.S.
For non-Catholics, the history of relativism and how it exacerbates our problems with Islam is fascinating. To suggest this is merely "medieval thinking" is ignorance in the purest form. This is a philosophical meditation on where Western culture is and what that means for our future.
Europe will not exist in 50 years. Instead Europe will be a majority Muslim. Not only is this a very real fact but the urban landscape of Europe is already almost a majority Muslim. Recent riots, violence and criminality have shown the dangers that are upon europe, also the rise of anti-semitism, racism, intolernace, religion and just plane hatred shows what is happening to Europe.
Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope, co-authored this sad soul searching text that explains how a Europe without a history, without 'roots' is likely to disappear and the disappearence of European people in Europe will mean a damage to the world, it calls into question those ideas like liberty, freedom, democracy, and equality that Europe have related to the world, like in 1940 it threatens a 'new dark age' in the words of Churchill. This is an insightful, wonderful read.
Seth J. Frantzman
The speech given by Pope Benedict (then Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger) focuses more on the cultural heritage of the West and its roots in the Mediterranean. In the face of the decline of the West, the Pope offers a positive assessment of the hopes for development by means of "energetic minorities," a topic which is fleshed out in somewhat greater detail in the correspondence included as an appendix to the essays. This idea remains as a hopeful focus against the semi-biologicistic view of culture as a birth-growth-death process which has no hope of breaking out of a death spiral. The continuity of Ratzinger's understanding of the West through history, a continuity which historically has braved storms of philosophical uncertainty by means of energetic groups (be they monastic, academic, or familial).
In view of the grim realities reflected on by both Ratzinger and Pera as they speak of the West's Fall, they both build a staunchly Christian-underpinning for Europe, an under-pinning which is necessary to have roots for the survival.Read more ›
Marcello Pera: He tackles relativism, Christianity, the west, political correctness, and the clash of Islam. His thesis is a comparison of cultures; the deconstruction: to prove its purpose or foundation; the weakening of the church and Christianity; the paralyzed west. Pera is a professor and philosopher, and amazingly enough, agnostic. "In the age of relativism and silent apostasy belief in the true no longer exists; the mission of the true is considered fundamentalism, and the very affirmation of the true creates or raised fears."
Joseph Ratzinger: He discusses Europe and its borders; the failings, birth, influence and outflow of Christianity; the rise of secularism; God and Christ the foundation. Ratzinger sees the world clearly, and his boldness is refreshing. Is Europe on the decline and is the U.S. following suite?
Letter to Joseph Ratzinger from Marcello Pera: Marcello praises Joseph, and brings forth important questions, such as: Europe choosing a religious identity over a Christian; fearing intolerance; the double standards.
Letter to Marcello Pera from Joseph Ratzinger: Joseph answers some of Marcello's questions: the Catholic/Protestant secularism; the struggles of the church, losing their way; ethics and society. A look at problems from a different angle.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
As one would expect of Pope Benedict, well written and keen insights as to what we are seeing in the world today.Published 25 days ago by Mark A. Renholzberger
Hard topics explained with clarity and deep philosophical insights. It is not for everybody and needs meditated. Calm reading highly recommended.
It is a great book.
Very good arguments, but it does not seem to go deep enough. The book contains very convincing arguments showing the dangers and damage of relativism, but it is not clear why... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Andrew A
Any Ratzinger is excellent food for thought. This one is as relevant as any and timely for today.Published 11 months ago by Lori Harris
It's deep. Slightly hard to follow, but overall describes and explains why Christianity is at risk.Published 12 months ago by Bingobuzz
It was one of those books that you finish reading and you say, "was that it, no more pages?" It's an easy book to read and one of those that you cannot stop reading.Published 13 months ago by Jorge Luis Herrera
Impressive grasps of the modern world and its "system of forces" (John Paul II's term) which drives much of the social thinking and practices in contemporary Europe. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Bill
Excellent examination of how objective truth has been lost in a secular progressive age of relativism. The future Pope's examinaion is clear, honest and fair. Highly recommended.Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer