In the Beginning ': A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Nov 2, 1995 - Religion - 100 pages
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In four superb homilies and a concluding essay, Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, provides a clear and inspiring exploration of the Genesis creation narratives.

While the stories of the world s creation and the fall of humankind have often been subjected to reductionism of one sort or another literalists treat the Bible as a science textbook whereas rationalists divorce God from creation Ratzinger presents a rich, balanced Catholic understanding of these early biblical writings and attests to their enduring vitality.

Beginning each homily with a text selected from the first three chapters of Genesis, Ratzinger discusses, in turn, God the creator, the meaning of the biblical creation accounts, the creation of human beings, and sin and salvation; in the appendix he unpacks the beneficial consequences of faith in creation.

Expertly translated from German, these reflections set out a reasonable and biblical approach to creation. In the Beginning . . . also serves as an excellent homiletic resource for priests and pastors.

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This very short (100 pages, with rather large print) book is an explication of the Catholic doctrine of the creation, the Fall (of Adam and Eve), and the beginning of sin. I suppose one ought not to ... Read full review

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User Review  - FergusS - LibraryThing

Excellent. Full of insight and great pastoral sensitivity in both the issues addressed and the manner of approach - 4 homilies and an appendix which is a little more technical. Whatever anyone thought ... Read full review

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Pope Benedict XVI, born Joseph Alois Ratzinger in 1927, served as the 265th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from April 2005 through February 2013. Formerly he was Dean of the College of Cardinals, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and President of the International Theological Commission. An outstanding theologian and teacher, he was one of the founders, along with Hans Urs von Balthasar and Henri de Lubac, of the international Catholic journal Communio, and he has also enjoyed a distinguished teaching career at such universities as Tbingen and Regensburg in his home country of Germany.

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