God and the WorldAuthor: Pope Benedict XVI
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Publication Date: 2003-05-27
God and the World is a critically acclaimed book featuring in-depth conversations with Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. During three days at the Benedictine Abbey of Monte Cassino, journalist Peter Seewald asked questions about faith and the Church’s role in today's world. A renowned Vatican prelate, Cardinal Ratzinger provides his answers with deep insight and wisdom.
This extraordinary interview is carried out within an atmosphere of peace and awe that comes from centuries of tradition within these ancient walls. This setting allows for thoughtful dialogue between interviewer and subject as they explore spiritual truths. Three best-selling books have been born out of these interviews; The Ratzinger Report, Salt of the Earth and God and The World: An Interview with Peter Seewald.
Distinguished theologians, religious priests and other scholars around the world have heralded this book as a must-read for believers looking to deepen their faith. For Roman Catholics there is much to pause over and consider - particularly those interested in learning more about Rome's doctrinal teachings on salvation, moraltiy, Christology, Maryology, ecumenism and modern spirituality writings.
Readers can look to God and The World for timeless spiritual wisdom that bridges the gap between past traditions and present realities. In this professional work Cardinal Ratzinger brings readers up to date with today's theological issues surrounding critical faith questions.
Originally a liberal theologian, he adopted conservative views after 1968. His prolific writings defend traditional Catholic doctrine and values. During his papacy, Benedict XVI advocated a return to fundamental Christian values to counter the increased secularisation of many Western countries. He views relativism's denial of objective truth, and the denial of moral truths in particular, as the central problem of the 21st century. He taught the importance of both the Catholic Church and an understanding of God's redemptive love. Pope Benedict also revived a number of traditions, including elevating the Tridentine Mass to a more prominent position. He strengthened the relationship between the Catholic Church and art, promoted the use of Latin, and reintroduced traditional papal garments, for which reason he was called "the pope of aesthetics". He has been described as "the main intellectual force in the Church" since the mid-1980s.