Cleansing Fire

Defending Truth and Tradition in the Roman Catholic Church

Credo For Today

June 11th, 2009, Promulgated by Gen

I have recently picked up a new book from Ignatius Press titled “Credo for Today,” written by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. I haven’t gotten too far into it, but from the first two chapters or so, I would have to say that it is on par with The Spirit of the Liturgy, if not surpassing it in some ways if that is at all possible. The pope plays the Ron Antinarelli card pretty early in his book, using the term “liberal theologians” only a couple pages into the book. As for the general feel of the book, I leave it to the able folks at Ignatius Press whose job it is to describe their products:


What do Christians believe? What gives meaning to our life? What is the purpose of life? The Christian answer to these questions is found in the Creed, in the profession of faith. But what do the articles of this confession actually mean? And how to they affect our lives?

Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, takes a fresh look at these timeless questions. This work is a reflection of the profound, personal insights of Benedict XVI, but also of the great foundations of Christianity: faith, hope, and charity.

Ratzinger writes eloquently and persuasively about the importance for followers of Christ to understand well what they believe so one can live as a serious Christian in today?s secular world. He talks in depth about the true meaning of faith, hope, and love?the love of God and the love of neighbor. He also discusses the crucial importance of a lived faith, for the believer himself as well as being a witness for our age, and striving to bring faith in line with the present age that has veered off into rampant secularism and materialism.

“In our generation the Christian Faith finds itself in a much deeper crisis than at any other time in the past. In this situation it is no solution to shut our eyes in fear in the face of pressing problems, or to simply pass over them. If faith is to survive this age, then it must be lived, and above all, lived in this age. And this is possible only if a manifestation of faith is shown to have value for our present day, by growing to knowledge and fulfillment.”


I believe that the metaphorical ball is in your court, liberal theologians.


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