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Catrien Notermans, Judith Samson and Willy Jansen

e framing strategies they employ will be studied through narrative analysis of diff erent Catholic fundamentalist texts. A particular focus will be placed on the public statements of Pope Benedict XVI on homosexuality and on the anti-EU narrative “Th e Gender Revolution” by the German writer Gabriele

Luca Mavelli

, Aberystwyth University, Penglais, Aberystwyth, SY23 3FE, Wales, United Kingdom Abstract Taking the cue from the controversial speech of Pope Benedict XVI at the University of Regensburg in 2006, this paper explores the connection between the apparently divergent positions taken by the

David Nirenberg

common roots of both in Christian dialectics. As an example of the fi rst school, the article focuses on Pope Benedict XVI’s 2006 Regensburg lecture on the European synthesis of ‘faith’ and ‘reason,’ with its attempt to defi ne Islam as a reli- gion of faith and not of reason. As an example of the second

Hannah Grünenthal

and theologian Joseph Ratzinger was to become Pope Benedict xvi , bild , the German daily tabloid newspaper, announced this election in three words that soon found entrance into everyday language: “Wir sind Papst” – ‘We are Pope’. This very emotional style of commenting on Benedict xvi in

Julie Clague

. This article traces developments in the Catholic understanding of conscientious participation in public life, stretching from John F. Kennedy’s presidential candidature in 1960 up to the present writings of Pope Benedict XVI. In the post-Vatican II era, Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI have

Hans Waldenfels SJ

The handbook of fundamental theology is the result of twenty years of teaching and research and has already appeared in seven different languages; a Chinese edition is on the way. Hans Waldenfels held the chair at the university of Bonn from 1977–1997, where the former Pope Benedict XVI. – Joseph Ratzinger – began his scholarly career. Waldenfels came to Bonn after he had lived and worked in Japan for ten years where he experienced a completely different language and culture.
In Japan as well as in other parts of Asia, inculturation became a life experience for him. Following the three classical topics of fundamental theology – God, Jesus Christ, the Church – Waldenfels asks how they fit into the different contexts of ethnic, cultural, religious and ideological contexts of life. Finally he reflects on the process of Christian theology. The handbook shows that modern Christian theology needs a profound knowledge and analysis of the diversity of human and social life. At the same time an equally deep involvement in the mystery of the divine as it appears in the life and death of Jesus Christ. It calls for a strong connection between historical awareness and an insatiable desire of the infinite Beyond.

Kevin Doak

various forms. More broadly, the jurisprudence of world law introduced by Tanaka and Tsunetō underlies Jacques Maritain’s influential Man and the State (1951) and – through Maritain – Pope Benedict XVI’s recent call for a “true world political authority.” Below, I critically engage this theory of world