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BENEDICT XVI & PERA
First Name
Joseph Ratzinger & Marcello
Title
Without Roots: The West, Relativism, Christianity, Islam
Publisher
Basic Books
Year
2006
Group
AIC2 AIC7 AIC8 MOH4 JCR10 PMO6
Comments
Amazon Review/s
Contents: Relativism, Christianity, and the west / Marcello Pera -- The spiritual roots of Europe: yesterday, today, and tomorrow / Joseph Ratzinger -- Letter to Joseph Ratzinger / Marcello Pera -- Letter to Marcello Pera / Joseph Ratzinger.
Summary: On May 13, 2004, Pope Benedict XVI - then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger-addressed the Italian Senate on the state of the West; the day before, Joseph Pera, President of the Italian Senate, spoke before the Lateran College of the Papal University. Together they called upon the West to confront the spiritual, cultural, and political malaise that have afflicted it in the earliest years of the 21st century. In a partnering of the statesman and the holy man, they developed their ideas into the eloquent dialogue that is Without Roots - a book that quickly became an Italian bestseller and is even more timely today than ever. It is a reassessment of the European "West" and its struggle to define itself in the wake of war, terrorism, diplomatic and spiritual crisis. Bringing together their unique vantage points as leaders of Church and State, Pope Benedict XVI and Pera challenge us to imagine what can be the future of a civilization that has abandoned its history for a relativist secularism. They call on the West to embrace a spiritual rather than political renewal-and to accept the moral beliefs that alone can help us to make sense of changes in technology, economics, and society. Pope Benedict XVI joins the President of the Italian Senate to offer a provocative critique of the spiritual, cultural, and political crisis afflicting the West with its repercussions currently being felt in America.

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