Truth and Tolerance Ratzinger

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Title: Truth and Tolerance

Author: Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

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Is truth knowable? If we know the truth, must we hide it in the name of tolerance? Cardinal Ratzinger engages the problem of truth, tolerance, religion and culture in the modern world. Describing the vast array of world religions, Ratzinger embraces the difficult challenge of meeting diverse understandings of spiritual truth while defending the Catholic teaching of salvation through Jesus Christ. "But what if it is true?" is the question that he poses to cultures that decry the Christian position on man's redemption. Upholding the notion of religious truth while asserting the right of religious freedom, Cardinal Ratzinger outlines the timeless teaching of the Magisterium in language that resonates with our embattled culture. A work of extreme sensitivity, understanding, and spiritual maturity, this book is an invaluable asset to those who struggle to hear the voice of truth in the modern religious world.


  • Acknowledgments
  • Preface

Part I: Flashpoints in the Development of Tolerance

  • 1 Two Preliminary Observations
  • 2 Pre-Christian Contributions
  • 3 Christian Contributions
  • 4 The Enlightenment and Beyond

Part II: Truth and the Culture Wars

  • 5 The Truth About Truth
  • 6 Truth and Tolerance
  • 7 American Secularism
  • 8 Evangelical Christianity

Part III: The Truth About Tolerance

  • 9 Twisted Tolerance and Double Standards
  • 10 Christianity in the Crosshairs
  • 11 Ten Truths of Tolerance 1
  • 12 Ten Truths of Tolerance 2
  • Epilogue: Reflections on Evangelical Christian Witness Today
  • Index

Other facts

  • Used for: RCIA class on Governing and Social Teaching
  • Purchased: 9 February 2012 - Electronic Version from Ignatius Press

Bibliographic info

LC control no.: 2004103529
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Type of material: Book (Print, Microform, Electronic, etc.)
Personal name: Benedict XVI, Pope, 1927-
Uniform title: Glaube-Wahrheit-Toleranz. English Main title: Truth and tolerance : Christian belief and world religions / Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger ; translated by Henry Taylor.
Published/Created: San Francisco : Ignatius Press, c2004.
Description: 284 p. ; 21 cm.
ISBN 158617035X
Subjects: Christianity and other religions.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
LC classification: BR127 .R3813 2004
Dewey class no.: 261.2