Faith, Hope and Charity : The Encyclicals of Pope Benedict XVI, Paperback / softback Book

Faith, Hope and Charity : The Encyclicals of Pope Benedict XVI Paperback / softback


Pope Benedict's approach to encyclicals is different from that of his predecessor Pope John Paul II.

He is more inclusive in his sources, drawing on non-Christian authors, philosophers, and novelists among them, as well as more traditional works.

His encyclicals also differ from his typical theological works; they are more pastoral, at times even conversational, inviting the reader into the mystery of the three theological virtues that frame and inform the Christian life.

Deus caritas est explores a God who is both reason (logos) and love, and who loves us passionately, reclaiming eros as a descriptor of God's love.

Spe salvi examines the relation between faith and hope, arguing that without faith and its vision of God's justice, hope too easily substitutes a secular idea of progress that often leads to atheism.

Lumen fidei, drafted for his successor, Pope Francis, focuses on faith as a light flowing from a personal relationship with God.

The book notes how the three encyclicals were received and concludes with reflections on Pope Benedict's theological legacy.




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