Thursday, June 23, 2005
The Pope's New Book
Pope Benedict XVI has release a book on the Christian identity of European culture. Apparently this was a work under preparation while he was Cardinal Ratzinger. Available only in Italian so far, it will be exploring that question with which Hans Kung began his heretical "On Being A Christian." Why be a Christian? Why not just be human? George Weigel has examined this issue, especially in reference to European culture, in his superb "The Cube and the Cathedral." And these are issues not only for Europe--we in America need to face the questions of culture, of ethos, of atmosphere, of social and interpersonal communication, of art, of expression, of language, and thus of ethics. We must answer the question: Why be a Christian?