Credo for Today What Christians Believe

ISBN-10: 1586172476
ISBN-13: 9781586172473
Edition: N/A
Authors: Joseph Ratzinger
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List price: $19.95
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication date: 5/30/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 225
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

What do Christians believe? What gives meaning to our life? What is the purpose of life? The Christian answer to these questions is found in the Creed, in the profession of faith. But what do the articles of this confession actually mean? And how to they affect our lives ? Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, takes a fresh look at these timeless questions. This work is a reflection of the profound, personal insights of Benedict XVI, but also of the great foundations of Christianity: faith, hope, and charity. Ratzinger writes eloquently and persuasively about the importance for followers of Christ to understand well what they believe so one can live as a serious Christian in today's secular world. He talks in depth about the true meaning of faith, hope, and love-the love of God and the love of neighbor. He also discusses the crucial importance of a lived faith, for the believer himself as well as being a witness for our age, and striving to bring faith in line with the present age that has veered off into rampant secularism and materialism. In our generation the Christian Faith finds itself in a much deeper crisis than at any other time in the past. In this situation it is no solution to shut our eyes in fear in the face of pressing problems, or to simply pass over them. If faith is to survive this age, then it must be lived, and above all, lived in this age. And this is possible only if a manifestation of faith is shown to have value for our present day, by growing to knowledge and fulfillment.-Pope Benedict XVI

Joseph Ratzinger was born on April 16, 1927 in Marktl am Inn in the state of Bavaria, Germany. Ratzinger entered the minor seminary in Traunstein, in 1939 and in 1943 along with the rest of his seminary class he was drafted into the Flak [anti-aircraft corps]. In 1944 he was released from the Flak and returned home only to be drafted into labor detail under the infamous Austrian Legion. In the spring of 1945 Ratzinger deserted the army and headed home but when the Americans arrived at his village shortly thereafter, he was identified as a German soldier and incarcerated in a POW camp for a brief time. Following his release he re-entered the seminary. In 1951 Joseph was ordained into the priesthood and began lectures as a full professor of fundamental theology at the University of Bonn. From 1962-65 Ratzinger was present during all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council as a peritus, or chief theological advisor to Cardinal Joseph Frings of Cologne, Germany. . In 1977 Joseph Ratzinger was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and on June 27 elevated to Cardinal of Munich by Pope Paul VI. In 1981 Ratzinger accepted Pope John Paul II's invitation to take over as Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and in 1986 he was appointed head of a 12-member commission responsible for drafting the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Cardinal Ratzinger was elected vice dean of the College of Cardinals in 1988. In 2002 Pope John Paul II, approved his election as dean of the College of Cardinals. On April 8, 2005, Cardinal Ratzinger presided over the funeral of Pope John Paul II. On April 19, 2005, Cardinal Ratzinger was elected Bishop of Rome on the fourth ballot of the conclave and took the name Benedict XVI.

What It Means to Be a Christian: Over Everything: Love
God: "I Believe in One God, the "Father Almighty"
Creation: Belief in Creation and the Theory of Evolution
Jesus: The Only Begotten Son of God
Incarnate of the Virgin Mary: "You Are Full of Grace"
He Was Crucified, Suffered Death, and Was Buried: Good Friday
Descent into Hell-Ascension-Resurrection of the Body: Difficulties with the Apostles' Creed
Christ the Liberator: "Seek the Things That Are Above" (Colossians 3:I)
To Judge the Living and the Dead: He Will Come Again
The Holy Spirit: Mind, Spirit, and Love
One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church: Church as the Locus of Service to the Faith
The Communion of Saints: What Do the Saints Really Mean for Us?
The Forgiveness of Sins: Metanoia as the Fundamental Datum of Christian Existence
Resurrection of the Dead and the Life of the World to Come: Beyond Death
The Church's Credo: Why I Am Still in the Church
Epilogue: Man in the Presence of God: Faith, Hope, and Love-An Attempt at a Theological Profile of Benedict XVI, by Holger Zaborowski
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