Benedict XVI: A Guide for the Perplexed
This Guide provides students of theology with a guide around the theoretical axes upon which the theology of Joseph Ratzinger revolves.It begins with a presentation of the key ideas in the works of his intellectual antecedents and contemporary interlocutors and then moves to an account of Ratzinger’s responses to a number of theological crises.
The work then moves to an account of Ratzinger’s understanding of Christianity as an encounter with the Person of Christ and his placement of Christianity within the context of world religions in general.This theme is spread throughout his publications and recurs in the first encyclical of his papacy, Deus Caritas Est.This first encyclical will be treated in depth along with the second and third encyclicals which form a trilogy on the theological virtues (love, hope and faith).The work concludes with an assessment of the primacy of the transcendental of beauty in the theology of Ratzinger, his affinity with Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Augustinian motif of the relationship between love and reason. [From publisher's website]
Rowland, T. (2010). Benedict XVI: A guide for the perplexed. London: T & T Clark International.