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Faith, Hope, and Charity: Benedict XVI on the Theological Virtues

Faith, Hope, and Charity: Benedict XVI on the Theological Virtues

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  • ISBN-13: 9780809149247
  • Publisher: Paulist Press
  • Release Date: Mar 17, 2015
  • Pages: 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.40 x 7.90 x 5.40 inches


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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