Nature and Mission of Theology

ISBN-10: 089870538X

ISBN-13: 9780898705386

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Authors: Joseph Ratzinger

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List price: $14.95
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 130
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

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 arrive 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.

Foreword
Faith, Philosophy and Theology
The Unity of Philosophy and Theology in Early Christianity
From Distinction to Opposition
Toward a New Relationship
A Concluding Observation: Gnosis, Philosophy and Theology
On the Essence of the Academy and Its Freedom
Dialogue
Freedom
The Center: Truth as the Basis and Measure of Freedom
Cult
The Spiritual Basis and Ecclesial Identity of Theology
The New Subject as the Precondition and Foundation of All Theology
Conversion, Faith and Thought
The Ecclesial Character of Conversion and Its Consequences for Theology
Faith, Proclamation and Theology
The Temptation and Greatness of Theology
Pluralism as a Problem for Church and Theology
The Limit of the Church's Claim and the Plurality of Human Options
Pluralism within the Church
On the "Instruction concerning the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian"
Presentation
Toward a Discussion of the Text
Questions concerning Priestly Formation in Germany
Problems
In Search of Answers
Acknowledgments
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