Christ Our Joy: The Theological Vision of Pope Benedict XVI
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Title: Christ Our Joy: The Theological Vision of Pope Benedict XVI
Author: Msgr. Joseph Murphy
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Date Published: April 2008
Comments: A very readable and informational work.
Noticing how often the new Pope had the topic of "joy" as the central theme
of his many addresses, Murphy delved into the vast writings of the Pope, before
and after his election to the papacy, and found that the theme of joy has
pervaded all of his theology. Recognizing the Pope's invitation to joy as a key
to understanding his basic theological vision, Murphy develops those ideas and
writings in a creative way, and helps the reader to engage personally with the
original and pastoral mind of Joseph Ratzinger, professor, pastor, and now
Pope Benedict XVI.
This joy is nothing other than the joy of the Christian faith. Indeed, the
"first word of the New Testament", says Pope Benedict XVI, "is an invitation to
joy". The Gospel of Jesus Christ, he insists, is not a burdensome imposition
but is truly "glad tidings" for mankind. Christianity is the key to true and
lasting joy, the only joy that abides in the midst of life's anxieties and
Written in a clear and engaging style, this book argues that joy is central
to all of Pope Benedict's thought. All the other great themes of the Christian
faith are intimately connected with it and radiate out from it. The world is
in need of hearing once again the message of joy which Jesus Christ makes
For priests, religious and laity who are concerned with presenting the
Christian message in a positive, attractive and convincing way, as well as for all
who wish to delve into the rich and exciting thought of Pope Benedict XVI, one
of the most inspiring Christian thinkers of recent decades, this timely book
will provide insight for personal reflection, preaching and teaching.
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