Introduction to Christianity

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Ignatius Press, 2004 - Religion - 300 pages
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One of Cardinal Ratzinger's most important and widely read books, this volume is a revised second edition with an improved translation and an in-depth 20 page preface by the Cardinal. As he states in the preface, since this book was first published over 30 years ago, many changes and significant events have occurred in the world, and in the Church. But even so, he says he is firmly convinced that his fundamental approach in this book is still very timely and crucial for the spiritual needs of modern man. That approach puts the question of God and the question about Christ in the very center, which leads to a "narrative Christology" and demonstrates that the place for faith is in the Church.

Thus, this remarkable elucidation of the Apostle's Creed gives an excellent, modern interpretation of the foundations of Christianity. Ratzinger's profound treatment of Christianity's basic truths combines a spiritual outlook with a deep knowledge of Scripture and the history of theology.

 

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it is very easy to see Cardinal Ratzinger's most serious remark on page 82-83 indicating Matthew 28:19 is another fabricatoin, another lie inserted into the Bible during 2nd-3rd century Rome.
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yet there is another fabrication, 1 John 5:7 is deemed another apocrypha or doubtful verse.
So, what is left of Christianity? Resurrection has been removed from the 4 gospels in the RSV and ISV Bibles, 1 John 5:7 changed to "for there are that bear TESTIMONY in heaven: blood, water, and spirit, and these 3 are in agreement." Matthew 28:19 is a bogus.
So, Pope Ratzinger should come forward and admit they have been cooking the books for the last 1700 years.
 

Contents

PREFACE TO THE NEW EDITION
ii
PREFACE TO THE 1968 EDITION
31
BELIEF IN THE WORLD OF TODAY
39
THE ECCLESIASTICAL FORM OF FAITH
82
PROLEGOMENA TO THE SUBJECT OF GOD
103
THE BIBLICAL BELIEF IN GOD
116
THE GOD OF FAITH AND THE GOD OF
137
FAITH IN GOD TODAY
151
CHRISTIAN STRUCTURES
243
CHRISTOLOGICAL ARTICLES OF THE CREED
271
Suffered under Pontius Pilate was crucified
281
Descended into hell
293
Rose again from the dead
301
He ascended into heaven and is seated at
310
He will come again to judge the living
318
THE INTRINSIC UNITY OF THE LAST STATEMENTS
331

BELIEF IN THE TRIUNE GOD
162
OUR LORD
193
The Creeds image of Christ
202
JESUS CHRISTTRUE GOD AND TRUE MAN
210
THE DIFFERENT PATHS TAKEN BY CHRISTOLOGY
228
Two MAJOR QUESTIONS POSED BY THE ARTICLES
338
The resurrection of the body
347
GENERAL INDEX
361
SCRIPTURE INDEX
377
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Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) is widely recognized as one of the most brilliant theologians and spiritual leaders of our age. As Pope he authored the best-selling Jesus of Nazareth; and 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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