Dogma and Preaching: Applying Christian Doctrine to Daily Life

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Ignatius Press, 2011 - Religion - 550 pages
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This volume is an unabridged edition of "Dogma and Preaching," a work that appeared in a much-reduced form in English, in 1985. The new book contains twice as much material as first English edition.

"Dogma," for many people, is a bad word. For the well-informed believer, it shouldn't be. Dogmas are truths revealed by God, which should enlighten the minds, guide the choices, and gladden the hearts of Jesus' disciples, including pastors, deacons, and lay teachers. But, as Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), notes in the foreword to this book, "The path from dogma to proclamation or preaching has become very troublesome." Finding ways to relate the content of the Church's dogmas to everyday life can be challenging for today's preachers and teachers. Some people find the task so daunting that they leave dogma out. As a result, they wind up presenting something other than the Church's faith and speak in their own name, offering perhaps unwittingly merely their own, subjective ideas, rather than the Word of God.

In "Dogma and Preaching," the theologian and priest Joseph Ratzinger provides (1) a theory of preaching for today; (2) application of this theory to some themes for preaching drawn from the Church's dogmas; (3) meditations and sermons based on the liturgical year and the communion of saints; and (4) some thoughts regarding the decade after the Second Vatican and Christianity's seeming irrelevance. Ratzinger insists that sound preaching should rest on three pillars--Dogma, Scripture, and the Church Today, the contemporary situation in which the Church finds herself. He shows that the proper understanding of the Church, her dogmas, the nature of faith, and the contemporary world allow the proclaimer-believer to remain faithful to the Church's mission and life-changing message.

 

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Contents

church
17
Church as the Place of Preaching I 5
21
Christocentrism in Preaching?
40
Theology and Preaching in the Dutch Catechism
59
Praying in Our Time
104
I0 Following Christ 12 5
127
Belief in Creation and the Theory of Evolution I3 I
145
I3 The Christian and the Modern World
162
The Genealogy ofJesus
276
Lent
280
Good Friday
289
The Mystery of the Easter Vigil
297
Resurrection as Mission
303
Easter Today
307
The Ascension of Christ
313
A Meditation on Pentecost
316

On the Understanding ofPerson in Theology
183
Is Farewell to the Devil?
198
On the Spirit ofBrotherhood
209
The Anthropological Basis of Brotherly Love
211
Church as the Locus of Service to the Faith
222
Bishop and Church
228
On the Meaning of Church Architecture
235
On the Theology of Death
243
What Comes after Death?
257
Resurrection and Life Everlasting
260
PART THREE Meditations and Sermons
273
The Meaning of Advent
321
Three Meditations on Christmas
330
Do We Have Reason to Celebrate?
345
Meditation for New Years Eve
346
The Visitation
355
The Assumption of Mary
357
Sermon for the Feast of Saint Augustine
362
Meditation on the Day of a First Mass
369
What Good Is Christianity Now?
386
Index of Names
395
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Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, was a theological expert at the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965), a university professor, the Archbishop of Munich-Freising, and the prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, before becoming Pope in 2005. His writings include Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week, Light of the World, Introduction to Christianity, Truth and Tolerance, and The Spirit of the Liturgy. He is one of the most widely read spiritual writers in the world.

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