How does one introduce Christianity to a world riddled with unbelief? Joseph Ratzinger explains Christianity today using an old German nursery story about “Clever Hans,” who exchanges the heavy lump of gold that bothers him for a horse, then a cow, a pig, a goose, and eventually a whetstone, which he finally chucks into the river—gaining, so he thinks, “the precious gift of complete freedom.” Have we exchanged a difficult but yet precious gift (Christianity) for an illusion of freedom, while the original gift was actually the means to true freedom? In this book, Ratzinger attempts to reburnish the gold of Christianity through his penetrating intellect and clear style. This five week mini-course will work its way through this book and thereby touch on the key themes in Christian theology, focusing on the doctrine of God and of Jesus Christ. Week Five will look at the Life, Death, and Resurrection of Christ; The Church and Last Things.
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Earlier Event: November 14Law and Catholic Social Thought: Liberalism and Integralism
Later Event: November 15Jacques Maritain and Contemporary Debates on Freedom of Speech