This event is a reflection on the ongoing theological career and achievement of Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI), which commences in the 1950s in his reflection on Augustine and Bonaventure. This career—over a period of almost 60 years—is characterized by insightful theological commentary on every conceivable theological topic, repeated soundings in biblical interpretation, consistent interventions in the public arena, faithful advocacy of the value of the Catholic tradition and its practices, and a catechetical mindset that concerns itself with the beliefs and forms of life of the average Catholic living in the modern world.
In addition to offering general characterizations of Benedict’s theological thought, the papers presented will cover Benedict as a doctrinal, biblical, practical, political, and catechetical theologian. Classic texts such as The Introduction to Christianity, The Spirit of the Liturgy, and Benedict’s recent two-volume Jesus of Nazareth will come in for detailed discussion.
Even as pontiff, Benedict remains a theologian; attention will be paid to continuity and differences between texts produced as Joseph Ratzinger and those produced by Benedict XVI. Benedict’s encyclicals and, especially, God is Love, will be a focus throughout.
The conference runs from Sunday, March 25, 2012, until Tuesday, March 27, 2012.
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Originally published at al.nd.edu.