New York: Herder and Herder, 1970. First Edition. Octavo, original navy cloth, original dust jacket. Neat clergyman's signature to blank flyleaf, very faint rippling to upper panel of unclipped dust jacket. About-Fine. Item #1130
"A SALVATION OF THE WORLD DOES EXIST"
First American edition of the English translation Joseph Ratzinger's best-known book—in the bright original dust jacket. Based on a series of lectures given to German university students in the summer of 1967, the text is preceded with Ratzinger's Dedication: "To My Audiences in Freising, Bonn, Münster and Tübingen." Speaking in the immediate aftermath of the recently-concluded Second Vatican Council, these addresses betray Ratzinger's growing concerns with the post-conciliar Church of the late 1960s: "It is not difficult to detect...Ratzinger's dismay over developments around 1968 in the Church, the university, and the world" (Royal). Ratzinger's interpretation of the Apostles' Creed is both a defense and an affirmation of the Faith in the face of an increasingly secularized modern world. The book consists of an extended, two-part Introduction: "I Believe - Amen," Part One: God, Part Two: Jesus Christ, Part Three: The Spirit and the Church.
Introduction to Christianity is "more than a mere exposition, the book is also a brilliant apologetic, cleverly presenting the modern arguments against specific articles of the Creed—and against any belief at all—and even more cleverly responding to them" (Robert Royal). In a brief Preface (dated, "Tübingen, Summer 1968"), Ratzinger nods to Karl Adam—his great predecessor at Tübingen—in "an attempt to repeat, in the changed circumstances of our generation, what Karl Adam accomplished almost a half century ago at the same university in such masterly fashion with his 'Spirit of Catholicism.'" Translated by J.R. Foster (from the 1968 German edition) and first published in English by Burns Oates in 1969. A handsome first edition of one of the most significant books from one of the brightest Catholic minds of the last hundred years. Approbations. Royal, A Deeper Vision: The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in the Twentieth Century. A bright, fresh copy of an important book.