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The Mind of Benedict XVI

The Mind of Benedict XVI

A Theology of Communion

by Richard DeClue

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Pope Benedict XVI’s legacy is incalculable. His contributions to the Church as cleric and theologian are vast and varied, and his life of faith and theological work are so deeply intertwined that it is impossible to understand Benedict the theologian without understanding Benedict the devout Catholic.

Surprisingly, Benedict himself never wrote anything describing the “theology of Benedict XVI,” and the connections between the various dimensions of his thought are not often apparent. Author Richard DeClue provides an overview of Benedict’s biography and theological method and deftly articulates the unity within his writings by exploring, chapter by chapter, each of Benedict’s principles regarding the Trinity, revelation, creation, Christology, liturgy, and more. The Mind of Benedict XVI captures the cohesive nature of Benedict’s life and thought and offers a profound theological portrayal of one of the most dynamic Catholic figures of the last century.

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Publisher: Word on Fire
ISBN: 978-1-68578-988-6
Binding: Hardcover
Page count: 368
Dimensions: 6 x 9
Language: English
Release date: Apr 16, 2024
Thickness: 1.31 (in)
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About the Author

Dr. Richard DeClue is a systematic theologian and Professor of Theology at the Word on Fire Institute. He earned degrees in theology at Belmont Abbey College (BA) and The Catholic University of America (STB, STL, and SThD). Both his STL thesis and doctoral dissertation focused on the thought of Pope Benedict XVI, particularly on his ecclesiology and theology of divine revelation, respectively. Additionally, he has published articles on Benedict XVI in Communio, Nova et Vetera, and Evangelization & Culture.

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“DeClue’s survey of Benedict’s thought and legacy is truly exceptional. The most comprehensive accessible overview of this beloved pope’s theology available, it will lead a wide range of readers toward a deeper appreciation of Benedict’s incomparable brilliance and enduring relevance.”

— Matthew Ramage, Professor of Theology and Co-director of the Center for Integral Ecology at Benedictine College​

“Unlike many other books on the theology of Pope Benedict, this work seeks to piece together the many occasional publications and public addresses of Ratzinger / Benedict XVI into a more systematic framework. It will be of great value to theology students as well as being accessible to a general readership. The early sections of the work on Ratzinger’s Bavarian childhood are the best accounts of this period of his life I have read.”

— Tracey Rowland, St. John Paul II Chair of Theology, University of Notre Dame (Australia)​

“This book is a wonderful introduction to the theology of Joseph Ratzinger that is both accessible to anyone interested in his thought and a great addition to any serious student of Ratzinger’s theology. It will be an excellent overview for anyone who wants to study and to understand the thought of this theological giant. DeClue is able to highlight the notion of communion as the consistent note that brings unity and harmony to Ratzinger’s theological symphony, which consists of movements made up of fundamental theology, dogmatics, liturgy, and moral theology.”

— Roland Millare, Vice President of Curriculum and Director of Clergy Initiatives for the St. John Paul II Foundation, author of A Living Sacrifice: Liturgy and Eschatology in Joseph Ratzinger

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