The Trouble with Throwaway Books

Bart Price

Heartfelt gifts are an extension of family and friends, and we in a sense enter into communion with the givers of these gifts by holding on to them.

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God

What is “God”? What can we know about God, and how? What are the limits of our knowledge of God?

In other ages this question may have seemed quite clear and unproblematical; for us it has become a genuine inquiry again. What can this word ‘God’ signify? What reality does it express, and how does the reality concerned make contact with man?

- Joseph Ratzinger

Christ

What is the significance of the Incarnation? Why is it the central Christian mystery? What else does it point to?

Although faith in the logos, the meaningfulness of being, corresponds perfectly with a tendency in the human reason, this second article of the Creed proclaims the absolutely staggering alliance of logos and sarx, of meaning and a single historical figure.

- Joseph Ratzinger

The Church

What is the Church? How does the Holy Spirit work through the Church? What are the sacraments and their meaning?

At the start Christian thinking is neither merely ‘soteriological’ nor merely ‘metaphysical’ but molded by the unity of history and being.

- Joseph Ratzinger

Virtue

How do we know what’s good? How should we pursue goodness in our lives? How can we teach it to others?

Technologically advanced societies must not confuse their own technological development with a presumed cultural superiority, but must rather rediscover within themselves the oft-forgotten virtues which made it possible for them to flourish throughout their history.

- Joseph Ratzinger

The World

Is anything “neutral”vis-à-vis faith? How can we understand the cosmos, intelligence, culture, community, and technology?

The supremacy of technology tends to prevent people from recognizing anything that cannot be explained in terms of matter alone. Yet everyone experiences the many immaterial and spiritual dimensions of life.

- Joseph Ratzinger