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On the Way to Jesus Christ [Hardcover]

By Pope Benedict XVI (Author)
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Pages   185
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.34" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.76"
Weight:   0.71 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2005
Publisher   Ignatius Press
ISBN  1586171240  
EAN  9781586171247  

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Jesus Christ is as popular as ever. Films, books, and news articles ask,"Who was Jesus Christ?" Even outside of Christianity he continues to appeal to people. And yet for so many, the popular Jesus is not the Jesus of Christianity. The popular Jesus makes no demands and never challenges people. He accepts everyone and everything under all circumstances. On the Way to Jesus Christ is a series of meditations that Pope Benedict XVI wrote while he was Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. The true Jesus he writes, is the Jesus of the Gospels who "is quite different, demanding and bold. The Jesus who makes everything okay for everyone is a phantom, a dream, not a real figure. The Jesus of the Gospels is certainly not convenient for us. But it is precisely in this way that he answers the deepest question of our existence, which--whether we want to or not--keeps us on the lookout for God, for a gratification that is limitless, for the infinite. We must again set out on the way to this real Jesus." This book also examines whether Jesus Christ is the only savior, and the Church's responsibility to evangelize. It concludes with reflections on Jesus' Presence in the Holy Eucharist, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church's presentation of the Christian mystery as seen through the Catechism's dynamic view of Sacred Scripture. On the Way to Jesus Christ is for anyone--believer or nonbeliever-who wants better to understand the true Jesus, the Jesus of the Gospels, the Christ of Christianity.

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Joseph Ratzinger Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) is widely recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual leaders of our age. As theology professor, prelate, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine and now Pope, he has been an inspiring teacher and a prolific writer. As Pope he has authored important encyclicals, as well as the best-selling Jesus of Nazareth. Prior to his pontificate, he wrote many influential books that continue to remain important for the contemporary Church, such as "Introduction to Christianity" and "The Spirit of the Liturgy".

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Easily Understood Christology from a Theologian Pope  Mar 21, 2007
This book expands on the Christology that the current Pope teaches. There are indicators of the Bonaventure-based theology of Christ here, the very topic on which His Holiness wrote his Doctoral dissertation. Ratzinger writes as he teaches- methodically and evenly paced, luring the reader into a deeper understanding of the study and pursuit of Jesus Christ. The reader will come away with a more profound appreciation of all thing Catholic, taught in a way this "theologian pope" can. If you can only read 3 pages, the introduction- hard hitting and in the face of relativism sums up his intent.
At the time these were written, Ratzinger was silencing the greatest Catholic voices of our time in Father Hans Kung, the Fathers Cardenal, The Brothers Boff, Father Aristide, Father D'Escoto, etc., etc., driving many to despair at finding home in our once Universal and Catholic Mother Church, and forgetting the prophetic voice of our martyr and confessor of the faith Archbishop Romero, all great Catholics courageously witnessing the Gospel.

So it is rather ironic here to read of Ratzinger's "demanding Jesus"

A tragedy how he silenced our Church's most powerful and respected voices which were calling millions to Christ, souls now lost without a pathway or shepherd.

A tragedy

By the way, many find that cover photo a sacrilege and a blasphemy. You cannot photograph the consecrated Host. It is the height of arrogance to picture Ratzinger thusly. Ironically it is the very offertory position Archbishop Romero stood in when US-backed forces entered his small hospital chapel and shot him through the heart.
Brilliant!  Aug 28, 2006
This is a 'must read' book for every Catholic, really every Christian, and anyone who really wants to understand the person that is Jesus. The modern descriptions of Jesus presented to us tends to be the man carrying a lamb over his shoulder, rubbing a little childs head and smiling - the man who accepts everything with out judgement. But as the Pope so beautifully points out in this book, this modern Jesus in not the man you find in the Gospel. The Jesus you find in the Gospel is the one who can change your life, change societies life. I am an average lay person - not specifically educated in religion or theology - and I could clearly understand and relate to everything the Pope wrote about in the book, it wasn't over my head. He has a wonderful way of writing and can take very complex ideas and situations and make them understandable in a beautiful way. His knowledge and deep understanding of the bible and all Christian tradition is obviousl and shows through in every paragraph. It is facinating to see how he works scripture and ideas from the Saints directly into his thoughts and writing. This book should be in every home library.
An outstanding collection of various meditations that Pope Benedict XVI wrote for the Doctrine of the Faith  Mar 15, 2006
On The Way To Jesus Christ by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger is an outstanding collection of various meditations that Pope Benedict XVI wrote for the Doctrine of the Faith as a Perfect for the Congregation. On The Way To Jesus Christ analysis Jesus as the only Christendom and also studies the Church's has a responsibility to evangelize non-christians, concluding with reflections on Jesus' Presence in the Holy Eucharist, and the Catechism of the Catholic Church's presentation of the Christian mystery as seen through the Church's traditional view of Sacred Scripture. On The Way To Jesus Christ is very highly recommended to all Roman Catholics seeking a better understanding of Jesus Christ from the perspective of the man who is now Pope Benedict XVI.
A Jesus Worth Dying For  Sep 23, 2005
A Jesus Worth Dying For

Christology seems to have come full circle. Beginning with Albert Schweitzer's Quest For the Historical Jesus, initiated at the turn of the twentieth century, and accented with Rudolf Bultmann's existentialist approach, theological inquiry into the person of Christ has been gradually picking up speed on a downward spiral, hitting rock bottom in the last many years when many theologians, under the pretext of licit academic freedom, have been found writing off even the most rudimentary elements of ecclesiastical teaching; teachings hammered out in the beginning centuries of the post-apostolic era.

Most recently, Roger Haight-former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA)-was under investigation by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) for ideas he forwarded in his book, Jesus Symbol of God. The inquiry into his work climaxed at the beginning of this year when the CDF, then under of leadership of Joseph Ratzinger-now, Pope Benedict XVI-published a notification on Haight's book, claiming that it denied the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, the salvific value of Jesus' death, the exclusive and universal mediation of Christ in salvation, and the resurrection. One would be naive to think that the lack of such notifications on the part of the magisterium would mean that Haight is a black spot on a white wall; this could not be further from the truth. In the midst of a quite telling defense given to the theologian throughout the academic world, the most appropriate of responses came from Jesuit, Gerald O'Collins, who said, "I wouldn't give my life for Roger Haight's Jesus. It's a triumph of relevance over orthodoxy". Indeed, it is.

It is into this scene that we welcome Ratzinger's newest book, On the Way to Jesus Christ. In this timely collection of essays, from a scholar who has so often been at the forefront of these debates, he responds again to the question of Christ: "Who do you say that I am". While many theologians seem to suggest that there can be no true and orthodox response to this inquiry, Ratzinger shows that the mystery of Christ is such that while there are certainly boarders within which one must swim, theological speculation, faithful to the Church, is like an ocean-virtually inexhaustible.

It is ironic that the re-construction of the "historical Jesus" is being taken on by the same strand of thinkers whose philosophical presuppositions led to the de-construction to begin with. This "band of scholarship", notes Ratzinger, "forbids God access to the world" because is starts with the inference that "history is fundamentally and always uniform and that therefore nothing can take place in history but what is possible as a result of causes known to us in nature and in human activity." "Divine interventions", he continues, "that go beyond the constant interaction of natural and human causes...cannot be historical." What follows, then, is a God that has no real activity in the world, and " `revelation' in the proper sense."

The Church, in the last 2000 years, has encouraged and kept the sciences alive, but in the hands of human beings they have honest limits that many adherents seem unwilling to admit. Ratzinger explains that a science which begins by asserting an inept God-a God that cannot act supernaturally in the world-starts with a tenant that is as un-provable as the notion of a "Creator". Nevertheless, that does not, and should not, keep man-kind from reaching beyond the scope of this world into the universe in response their innate thirst for knowledge, and making logical deductions based on clues found within nature. While faith is certainly the foundation of Christianity, it is a faith that "first acknowledges the dignity and scope of reason". "Reason is critical of religion in its search for truth; yet at its very origins," says Ratzinger, "Christianity sides with reason, and considers this ally to be its principle forerunner"-an admittance that sets Christianity out among the other world religions. Christianity's believability, nonetheless, transcends the sciences, and one would be remise to not acknowledge the witness of martyrdom accompanied by a "renewed life", on the part of believers, "which reopens our closed horizons." The Church has historically "regarded conversion to the faith as a positively intellectual journey, in which man is confronted with the `doctrine of truth' and its arguments". Therein man "acquires a new life companionship", and consequently "new experiences and interior progress become possible for him."

While the newest Pontiff explicitly and implicitly responds to the crisis in Christological scholarship throughout the book, his other essays range from a more "aesthetic" approach, reminiscent to that of Hans Urs von Balthasar-one of Ratzinger's greatest influences-and into a discussion of the Eucharist, including an epilogue reflecting on the reception of the Catechism ten years after its publication. A book that the average to more advanced reader can appreciate, On the Way to Jesus Christ refrains from mere dogmatic regurgitations. The essays are novel, yet faithful to, and at the service of, the Church, written by a theologian that swims within the ocean of Catholic thought, presenting a Jesus that is truly worth dying for.

Justin Nickelsen

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