Without Roots: Europe, Relativism, Christianity, Islam

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Basic Books, Mar 9, 2007 - Religion - 176 pages
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Bringing together their unique vantage points as leaders of Church and State, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and Marcello Pera challenge us to imagine what can be the future of a civilization that has abandoned its moral and cultural history. They call on the West to embrace a spiritual rather than political renewal -and to accept the moral values that alone can help us to make sense of changes in technology, economics, and society.

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WITHOUT ROOTS: Europe, Relativism, Christianity, Islam

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Reasserting Europe's Christian identity and rebutting modern moral relativism, Rome packs a formidable punch. Attacking "anything goes" ethics has become a cornerstone of Benedict XVI's papacy. Here ... Read full review

Without roots: The West, relativism, Christianity, Islam

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Two timely essays, one by Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, and the other by Marcello Pera (philosophy of science, emeritus, Univ. of Pisa, Italy), the president of the Italian senate, appear ... Read full review


Relativism Christianity and the West by Marcello Pera 1
Yesterday Today and Tomorrow by Joseph Ratzinger 51
Letter to Joseph Ratzinger from Marcello Pera 81
Letter to Marcello Pera from Joseph Ratzinger 107
Notes 137
Index of Names 157

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Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under the late Pope John Paul II, and has long been regarded as one of the most profound Catholic theological and spiritual writers of our times. His numerous books include God and the World, Introduction to Christianity, Salt of the Earth, and The Spirit of Liturgy. Marcello Pera, a professor of the philosophy of science at the University of Pisa, is also President of the Italian Senate. He lives in Italy.

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