The Rule of Benedict
There was no neutral response to the announcement that the "enforcer"-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger-had been elected Benedict XVI, the next pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Conservatives saw it as the final triumph of their agenda. Liberals were aghast. Everyone else...
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There was no neutral response to the announcement that the "enforcer"-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger-had been elected Benedict XVI, the next pope of the Roman Catholic Church. Conservatives saw it as the final triumph of their agenda. Liberals were aghast. Everyone else wondered what to expect. Award-winning religion journalist David Gibson explores the "war of ideas" that will be a defining feature of this new papacy.
Gibson persuasively argues that by tackling the modern world head-on Benedict XVI is gambling that he can make traditional, orthodox Catholicism the savior of contemporary society. But if the elderly Benedict fails in his battle with modernity, will Catholicism wind up as a "smaller-but-purer church"-the new kind of fortress Catholicism that some conservatives want? Such fears haunt millions of American Catholics pressing for change. Gibson points to the early warning signs of a papacy hyperfocused on "right belief" and shows how the key decisions of this surprising papacy will profoundly impact the future of Catholicism.
David Gibson (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Associate Minister at High Church, Hilton, Aberdeen. He studied theology at Nottingham University and King's College London, and has worked as a Staff Worker for the Religious and Theological Studies Fellowship, part of UCCF.
He has published a number of articles, authored Reading the Decree: Exegesis, Election and Christology in Calvin and Barth (T&T Clark Studies in Systematic Theology); co-authored Rich: The Reality of Encountering Jesus (Christian Focus, 2010) and was a contributor to Encountering God's Word: Beginning Biblical Studies (Apollos, 2003) and editor and contributor to Engaging with Barth: Contemporary Evangelical Critiques (Apollos, 2008)
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