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Overview Pope Benedict XVI's critique of relativism is presented here in rich detail. The Pope covers such topics as the dangers of secularism, the meaning of truth in a pluralistic world, morality, and the Christian basis for hope.
Publishers Description In "Values in the Time of Upheaval," Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI) brings together his most important views on the crucial question of where we find our values and how we act to put them into practice in our personal and private lives. In chapters on the history and destiny of human life, the author covers such topics as the dangers of secularism, the meaning of truth in a pluralistic world, the basis of human morality, the foundations of a good society, and the Christian basis for true hope and love.
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Studio: The Crossroad Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher NATIONAL BOOK NETWORK
ISBN 0824523733 ISBN13 9780824523732
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More About Benedict XVI & Brian McNeil
Benedict XVI (Latin: Benedictus XVI; born Joseph Aloisius Ratzinger on 16 April 1927) is Pope emeritus of the Catholic Church, having served as Pope from 2005 to 2013. In that position, he was both the leader of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Benedict was elected on 19 April 2005 in a papal conclave following the death of Pope John Paul II, celebrated his papal inauguration Mass on 24 April 2005, and took possession of his cathedral, the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, on 7 May 2005.
Ordained as a priest in 1951 in his native Bavaria, Ratzinger established himself as a highly regarded university theologian by the late 1950s and was appointed a full professor in 1958. After a long career as an academic, serving as a professor of theology at several German universities—the last being the University of Regensburg, where he served as Vice President of the university in 1976 and 1977—he was appointed Archbishop of Munich and Freising and cardinal by Pope Paul VI in 1977, an unusual promotion for someone with little pastoral experience. In 1981, he settled in Rome when he became Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the most important dicasteries of the Roman Curia. From 2002 until his election as pope, he was also Dean of the College of Cardinals, and as such, the primus inter pares among the cardinals. Prior to becoming pope, he was "a major figure on the Vatican stage for a quarter of a century" as "one of the most respected, influential and controversial members of the College of Cardinals"; he had an influence "second to none when it came to setting church priorities and directions" as one of John Paul II's closest confidants.
He was originally a liberal theologian, but adopted conservative views after 1968. His prolific writings defend traditional Catholic doctrine and values. During his papacy, Benedict XVI advocated a return to fundamental Christian values to counter the increased secularisation of many Western countries. He views relativism's denial of objective truth, and the denial of moral truths in particular, as the central problem of the 21st century. He taught the importance of both the Catholic Church and an understanding of God's redemptive love. Pope Benedict also revived a number of traditions including elevating the Tridentine Mass to a more prominent position. He renewed the relationship between the Catholic Church and art, viewing the use of beauty as a path to the sacred, promoted the use of Latin, and reintroduced traditional papal garments, for which reason he was called "the pope of aesthetics". He has been described as "the main intellectual force in the Church" since the mid-1980s. Several of Pope Benedict's students from his academic career are also prominent churchmen today and confidantes of him, notably Christoph Schönborn.
On 11 February 2013, Benedict announced his resignation in a speech in Latin before the cardinals, citing a "lack of strength of mind and body" due to his advanced age. His resignation became effective on 28 February 2013. He is the first pope to resign since Pope Gregory XII in 1415, and the first to do so on his own initiative since Pope Celestine V in 1294. As pope emeritus, Benedict retains the style of His Holiness, and the title of Pope, and will continue to dress in the papal colour of white. He was succeeded by Pope Francis on 13 March 2013, and he moved into the newly renovated Mater Ecclesiae monastery for his retirement on 2 May 2013.
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Defends the role traditional Judeo-Christian values in the world Feb 3, 2007
Values in a Time of Upheaval is a title perfect for modern times: a discussion in which the author defends the role traditional Judeo-Christian values in the world. His survey of the Christian faith and its place in a changing modern society of competing values and religions makes for an excellent review of his ideas and solutions on world problems and is a recommended pick for any Christian spiritual library interested in dialogues surrounding contemporary issues.
Thank you Heavenly Father for giving the world Pope Benedict XVI Jul 29, 2006
The insights Pope Benedict XVI gives to the world are brilliant. This book is one small example of his contribution to improving the life we all live. After reading it I am convinced that Ratzinger has been truly appointed to his position by the Holy Spirit.
I must first qualify myself as an average man, living an average life with an average intellect. I really feel I shouldn't be writing a review on such a brilliant book as this. Who am I to comment on the Popes work? That being said I will venture forward and try my best to do this book the justice it deserves and offer my observations.
This collection of writings is truly awe inspiring on many levels. The ideas and insights he writes about are so deep and meaningful on one hand, yet presented so clearly and thoughtfully that anyone can understand what he is saying. Most authors writing about complex topics make the writing so complicated only a few reads truly get it. Not with the Pope, I was able follow his crystal clear vision as he lead my heart and mind down a beautiful path of ideas about many important things: obviously religion, but also politics, money, power, life, family, work, values and the importance of God in all of our lives.
Being he is the leader of the Catholic Church and therefore Christian you may think his writings would be biased and one sided in this direction. But his thoughts and writings are not. He offers wonderful insights into all of the major religions of world with details of the possitive contributions they have made thoughtout man's development . He offers very positive ideas of how they can work together to improve the life of we are all living.
This book also does something most political writings fail to do. He is able to illustrate a very large societal problem, show its history and how it came to be a problem, and the offer direction for a solution. He never leaves you wondering his position on the subject. And even better he is able to do it in a very warm and loving way. Although the subjects he writes about are very large and complex it doesn't feel that way as you read the book. He has the rare ablity to make sense of big things.
This book, as well as many others by the Ratzinger, should be required reading for almost ever college student, particularly those going into politics, ethics and religion. It should also be `must read' for each and every member of the Catholic Church.