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This is part of a growing consensus…

The news about the new Pope’s first book is compelling:

Rich countries bent on power and profit have mercilessly “plundered and sacked” Africa and other poor regions and exported to them the “cynicism of a world without God,” Pope Benedict writes in his first book.

The Pope has received almost limitless criticism for being too conservative on sexual issues but will he be equally praised for his courage, conviction, and compassion here? I hope so.

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posted April 4, 2007 at 9:16 pm

This pope’s rigidity on some issues has alienated many people – but he is a first rate thinker and theologian. Which book are you referring to David? There are so many. He has a new book coming out in May called “Jesus the Christ”. I will be very interested in that one.

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posted April 4, 2007 at 11:37 pm

Heck, I figured it out. The name of the book is Jesus of Nazareth. I preordered it several months ago. Be forewarned, the Pope writes in scholarly language and his books often take quite a bit of time to read. Perhaps several of us could review it in May. His book on moral relativism is on my nightstand. Unfortunately, I find him a bit of a relativist depending on who did something wrong. Clericalism is our Catholic elephant in the living room and this pope definitely hasn’t picked up on that. But, like John Paul II, he decries the excesses of capitalism and the treatment of the poor. In no uncertain language.

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posted April 5, 2007 at 12:16 am

I’ve read his memoirs and I have his book Introduction to Christianity in my stack to read. I will probably buy his newest book, too. I quite like and respect this pope.

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Stephen Davidson

posted April 5, 2007 at 3:37 pm

He is an average Evangelical.

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Stephen Davidson

posted April 5, 2007 at 3:41 pm

Benedicts theology is just in keeping with the Gospel and the rest of the New Testament. He has a platform not as easily silenced as the average Evangelical Church in America dn Europe. From marriage as immutably man and woman, to the culture of evil in secularism, Pope Benedict is repeating Christian truth that has been consistent for two-thousand plus years. Just like the Evangelical Churches should.

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