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An intro to Christianity for non beginners,
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This review is from: Introduction to Christianity (Communio Books) (Paperback)
Then - Prof Ratzinger launched this book as a cardinal & archbishop, now - Pope Benedict XVI. Formally 'just' an exposition of the Apostles Creed, in reality a wide ranging, deeply probing, assessment of the spiritual needs of the world via philosophy and Christianity and through exploring the text of the creed and it's OT & NT Biblical sources. It is absorbing. It requires concentration. It is thought provoking. Sometimes he just gives his opinion on a topic, at other times he gives a brilliantly constructed series of arguments to a biblically based simple (not simplistic) statement. Every minute spent in this book is rewarding. He is that important combination of a widely respected academic with a pastoral heart for individuals, the church, and a lost and wandering world. You need to be reasonably well read at least in theology, the history of theology, and philosophy of religion to really get much out of this book. As a protestant (small 'p') conservative evangelical my heart and mind sings in many places along with this man of God.