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The Meaning of Christian Brotherhood [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Ratzinger

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Written over three decades ago, Cardinal Ratzinger's profound treatise on the true meaning of Christian brotherhood is perhaps even more timely and important now as a clear statement on the biblical grounds for cooperation among believing Christians. In treating Christian brotherhood from the perspective of salvation history, Ratzinger opens up the meaning of both the Old and New Testament in this most essential area. After establishing the distinctively Christian sense of brotherhood (vis-à-vis Judaism, Hellenism, Stoicism, the Enlightenment, and Marxism), he shows how fraternal charity can only be perfected through God's fatherhood, Christ's divine sonship, and our brotherhood in Christ.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 165 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 93 Seiten
  • Verlag: Ignatius Press (26. April 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00CJKK4QE
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Benedikt XVI. wurde als Joseph Ratzinger 1927 in Marktl am Inn geboren. Er war Professor für systematische Theologie in Freising, Bonn, Münster, Tübingen und Regensburg und jüngster theologischer Berater auf des Zweiten Vatikanischen Konzils (1962-1965). 1977 wurde er Erzbischof von München und Freising. 1981 ernannte ihn Papst Johannes Paul II. zum Präfekten der Glaubenskongregation. Am 19. April 2005 wurde er als erster Deutscher seit 482 Jahren auf den Heiligen Stuhl gewählt.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Analyses of Christian Brotherhood 20. Januar 2002
Von Joe - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Cardinal Ratzinger amazes me yet again in this well thought out book on the meaning of Christian brotherhood. In this short (90 pages) book Ratzinger sets out to analyze what the word brother means in the Christian view of the world. He starts with an analysis of how the word was used throughout history, from the ancient Greeks to the Jewish community. He then moves to the New Testament and analysis how Jesus uses the word, how it is used by Paul and finally by John. Ratzinger than analyzes how the term was used by the Church fathers, and there unique take on the subject. Throughout this process, Ratzinger gives great biblical insights connecting the Old Testament to the New Testament and informs the reader of the differences between the biblical understanding of brotherhood and our contemporary understanding of it, whether taught by the enlightenment, or Marxist philosophy. He also mentions some external elements that may have dictated certain definitions, when involved with analyzing the historical understanding of brotherhood. Ratzinger also gives a general overview of how unique and contrary to common understanding this teaching was at the time.
Ratzinger than demonstrates how this view is incorporated into Christian theology. He emphasizes the need to first properly understand the fatherhood of God, and how this is necessary to properly understand Christian brotherhood. How it is necessary to see this brotherhood through God's fatherhood and Christ's divine sonship by means of the Eucharist. He also briefly touches upon how vastly different this fatherhood concept in Christianity is from other forms of fatherhood found in other religions.
He then gives the historical barriers that were destroyed because of this newfound understanding. Whether it was to eliminate racial, national or economic boundaries, or to create, for the first time in history, a brotherhood where man and female are equals. He also gives the responsibility the Christian brother has to the non-believer. Cardinal Ratzinger than gives the limits of this unique understanding. This chapter is necessary to set the limits on how far you can take the meaning and to clarify what Ratzinger is not saying.
The final chapter deals with the relationship of this view of Christian brotherhood to the divine mission of Jesus Christ. Throughout this chapter, Ratzinger demonstrates how necessary it is to look at Christian brotherhood through Christ acts of Redemption and salvation history. He then delves into how this reflects on how we should act, as Christian brothers united to Christ. Throughout this process, Ratzinger gives wonderful insights and shows how Christian brotherhood, and only Christian brotherhood, truly gives the most unifying concept of brotherhood.
Ratzinger finishes the book with a short postscript on how Catholics view how Protestants fit into this overall understanding of Christian brotherhood. How, to Catholics, it fits well to call them "separated brethren". Which stresses both points that need to be stressed, when a Catholic addresses a protestant. The first is the need to let the protestant know that he is closer, much closer, to the brotherhood of the Church than the non-believer, but still needs to be reminded of Christ wish that the Church should be one.
One last point that needs to be mentioned, Scott Hahn only writes the foreword for this book. The book was written long before Scott Hahn became Catholic, so Scott Hahn merely praises the book and the author, on how influential they were to his conversion. With this in mind, this is definitely a very thought provoking book that needs to be read by everybody who is interested in the relationship of the Christian to the non-believer and how this is taught through salvation history.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Amazing Overview of Brotherhood 4. Juli 2005
Von Ryan P. Hilderbrand - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I cannot expound upon this book any more thoroughly than did the previous reviewer. All I can say is that anyone who seeks to understand the historical, Biblical, patristic, and ultimately Catholic understanding of "brotherhood" and "fellowship in the Lord" needs to read this book. A very quick read, as it is only ninety pages and absolutely riveting (I read it in about an hour and a half). A must-read.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Is Christian brotherhood exclusive or universal? 7. Mai 2007
Von Luke Tallon - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Although this book was written almost fifty years ago, it still speaks quite forcefully today--perhaps it is even more relevant to our global village with its global conflicts.

Ratzinger begins by examining understandings of brotherhood from Ancient Greece to modern Marxist and Liberal traditions and highlights the tendency towards understanding brotherhood as either something closed in on itself, yet full of meaning and ethical ramifications, or something so open and nebulous that it becomes a synonym for "humanity"--though these impulses have often been held together in a sort of dualism. He then proceeds to argue that the Christian idea of brotherhood, based on God's fatherhood of Jesus Christ, has the potential to be universal while remaining concrete. Using Karl Barth's doctrine of election, Ratzinger argues that Christian brotherhood is not automatically universal, because we are not naturally in Christ and thereby children of God. Christian brotherhood is therefore not simply a synonym for "humanity", but describes the faithful. Yet, as Jesus Christ was elect for the others, Christians have been brought into Jesus Christ, allowed to say "Our Father," for the sake of those still outside him. Thus, though there is a boundary to Christian brotherhood, the Christian ethic knows of no rigid distinction between the "in" and the "out" because service to the other, whether that one is a brother or not, is the Christian ethic.

Those who are not Christians will certainly find much with which to disagree, in particular the assertion that Jesus Christ is the making known of both true God and true humanity, but those who are interested in the meaning of Christian brotherhood, both as an idea and as an ethic, will find much in this little book. Most promising to this reviewer is the way Ratzinger connects baptism and the Eucharist to the meaning of Christian brotherhood. In light of Ratzinger's current office as Bishop of Rome, the "Postscript" on the exact nature of brotherhood between Roman Catholics and Protestants is particularly interesting.

Overall, a good introduction to Ratzinger's theological method (notice the footnotes: classicists, biblical scholars, Church Fathers, theologians both Roman Catholic and Protestant, and liturgical studies) and to the topic of Christian brotherhood.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen The Meaning of Christian Brotherhood 7. Juli 2012
Von Josh Goode - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Pope Benedict XVI's book "The Meaning of Christian Brotherhood" is divided into two sections:

Part One is "A Historical Analysis" of the meaning of brotherhood as expressed in some of the great cultures that most directly and profoundly influenced modern Christianity. This section is also divided into a further two sections, the first having to do with "the idea of brotherhood before and outside Christianity", which is a survey of the meaning of brotherhood as cultivated by Ancient Greece, Old Testament believers, Hellenism, and Enlightenment and Marxist thought and the second portion having to do with "the development and the idea of brotherhood in early Christianity" which includes a treatment of brotherhood in the words of Christ, New Testaments writings, especially the Pauline texts, and the Fathers of the Church.

The first part is obviously necessary if Pope Benedict XVI (at the time of writing: Father and Professor Ratzinger) is to give a just nod to the historical development of this idea. Indeed, I think he does this very well and his use of historical events and cultural customs is particularly helpful for developing an understanding of a historical meaning. However, I must admit, I found this part of the book to be very dry reading.

Part Two, "An Attempt at Synthesis", is a treatment of "the basis of Christian brotherhood: faith", "the removal of barriers within the brotherhood of Christians", "the limits of brotherly community", and "true universalism." This is by far the most engaging and helpful portion of the book as it is essentially a call for the restoration of and the living out of this basic Christian idea of brotherhood. The weaving of the historical meaning with the needed remedies both in how we think of the issue and how we is fascinating and easily countered the dry portions of the book.

If you want to know what brotherhood has meant historically and, perhaps, what is should look like now, this book is a great place to start.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Brief, Yet Bold Expounding Upon Christian Brotherhood 7. Juli 2006
Von Matthew K. Minerd - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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In the midst of hopes of universal brotherhood, Joseph Ratzinger discusses what Christian Brotherhood is and how it is to be understood in the present context. I will not attempt to fully outline his thesis but will only briefly present you with the reasons why I think this text is a most excellent exposition on Christian Brotherhood.

Of all of Ratzinger's texts, I have found this one to be the most accessible. His arguments are presented with lucidity and are not too complex for one who doesn't have much theological experience. This in itself is phenomenal, given the weight which his words nevertheless have.

The ultimate strength of the text is the fact that Ratzinger does not shirk away from the exclusive nature of Christian Brotherhood and its relationship to the full brotherhood which is ultimately dictated by God's existence as Creator of all. He acknowledges that the Christian brotherhood ultimately draws a line which creates a distinction between those who are brothers and those who are not. The truth must be found in this, even though may seem to be closed-minded to some. If he stopped here, the text would have truly been closed-minded, as it wouldn't have given the rest of the story. His final full chapter is on "True Universalism" and how "The separating off of the limited Christian brotherhood is not the creation of some esoteric circle, but is intended to serve the whole." (75)

There is much more to the whole of his reflections. If you desire to know of them, I suggest that you read this text. You will find that you will not be disappointed.
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