'In the Beginning...' A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall

'In the Beginning...' A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall Review

In four superb homilies and a concluding essay, Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, provides a clear and inspiring exploration of the Genesis creation narratives.

While the stories of the world’s creation and the fall of humankind have often been subjected to reductionism of one sort or another — literalists treat the Bible as a science textbook whereas rationalists divorce God from creation — Ratzinger presents a rich, balanced Catholic understanding of these early biblical writings and attests to their enduring vitality.

Beginning each homily with a text selected from the first three chapters of Genesis, Ratzinger discusses, in turn, God the creator, the meaning of the biblical creation accounts, the creation of human beings, and sin and salvation; in the appendix he unpacks the beneficial consequences of faith in creation.

Expertly translated from German, these reflections set out a reasonable and biblical approach to creation. ‘In the Beginning . . .’ also serves as an excellent homiletic resource for priests and pastors.

Title:'In the Beginning...' A Catholic Understanding of the Story of Creation and the Fall
Edition Language:English

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  • Charles Lewis

    I have to reveal a prejudice: Pope Benedict XVI is to me one of the greatest popes. He did not have the kind of flash of a St. John Paul II or the the outward warmth of Pope Francis. But perhaps he di...

  • Hans-Peter

    "In the Beginning" is an outstanding exegesis of the Creation account in Genesis. Cardinal Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI, offers his intelligent, historical, non-literalist interpretation of...

  • David Mosley

    This is an excellent collection of Lenten homilies that form a brief catechesis on what Christians should believe about creation and the Fall. Ratzinger, before he was pope, drives home the message th...

  • Conor

    Incredible book on creation....

  • Paul Schmitt

    Phenomenal theology of Creation and the Fall by Cardinal Ratzinger. Helps to clarify how Christianity's understanding of Creation and ancient scripture was compromised by a re-hellenization in the Wes...

  • Mel

    The first chapters help you to understand the myths behind the book of Genesis, and how they got incorporated into Sacred Scripture. I've used it for my Sacred Scripture classes with teenagers....

  • Emerson John Tiu Ng

    ...if you do not believe God created everything... well this book answers it... Pope Benedict XVI explains the theological aspect of creation......

  • Michael

    Wisely written and filled with wonderful insights about a world defined by Creator, creation, and creaturliness.At the same time, if you view, as he does, that the story of Genesis reveal “only imag...

  • Alexis

    A great series of homilies on the creation stories in Genesis. Short, to the point, and interesting, if a little non-specific. ...

  • Jason Hall

    This is a wonderful collection of four talks then-Cardinal Ratzinger gave in the 1980s, along with a closing essay on the importance of a proper understanding of the doctrine of creation. As would be ...