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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a treasure, 30 Aug 2011
This review is from: Great Christian Thinkers: From the Early Church through the Middle Ages (Paperback)
This collection of the Pope's talks covers some 70 very different people who over the first 1500 years of the Catholic faith influenced te development of Christian thought and practice. Each talk is quite short (they can read in 10 minutes or an hour depending on the reader's approach ), full of facts and often expressed with great eloquence. They can provide either a source of meditation or a springboard to further study of each person's most significant work. They would also provide a most helpful basis for study groups.
A very valuable contribution the Church's life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing scholarship, 11 Feb 2013
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I would recommend this book to anyone who wishes to know more about Christian teaching and thinkers. the Pope writes so lucidly and his researches are vast...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Christian thinkers by Pope Benedict XV1 - A book for all Christians seeking to deepen their faith., 3 Mar 2013
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Anything written by Pope Emeritus Benedict is totally inspiring. In years - indeed, in centuries to come - his writings will rank with the greats of Christianity. This book carries all the Scripture-steeped erudition and profound knowledge of the message of Jesus Christ being carried through the generations by men and women of exceptional holiness. All is, in my view, evidence that nothing will ever prevent the love of God reaching our ever-troubled world, with its ever changing social and political and ecclesial contexts. This book is as much a reflection of the holiness and giftedness of the writer as it is a record of great Christian souls.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good., 9 May 2014
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The book takes up a simple format of listing the greatest thinkers of the Catholic Church chronologically, right from the successors of St. Peter, up to the late middle-ages and St. Francis. The accounts are a collection of Pope Benedict's meditations and reflections on each saint, or philosopher or thinker, and how they shaped the Church. Great book thoroughly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Theology for professional and lay thinkers, 16 Jun 2014
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As always, Benedict XVI shows his depth & skills as a theologian and avoids any "dry" argument. This work is authoritative and encyclopedic but as always is eminently readable, whether for detailed academic work or for serious lay thinkers. I recommend this to my Philosophy Students as part of their course, but if you are a committed Christian you will find this an admirably stimulating addition to your works "for thought". I real gem and not 'ex cathedra'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear and instructve, 11 April 2014
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A short essay on the major figures of early Christianity helps us understand the development of the faith and the difficulties which arose along the way. The language is clear and the approach instructive without being overly scholarly.
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