A Pope’s
A Protestant

Understanding the theological legacy of Benedict XVI.

The perspectives of Protestants and Catholics are as numerous as they are diverse. But in The Theology of Benedict XVI: A Protestant Appreciation, you’ll discover there are areas of common ground. Here, fifteen prominent Protestant minds express their admiration for the Pope Emeritus’ theological legacy. Of particular note are Benedict’s views on the threads that tie reason and faith and how this connection contributes to the pursuit of truth in today’s church.

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Contents &

  • Foreword by Tracey Rowland
  • Introduction: A Lion or a Dog? by Tim Perry
  • “Truth, not Custom”: Joseph Ratzinger on Faith and Reason by Ben Myers
  • Part 1: Dogmatic Theology
    • Writing Theology in a Secular Age: Joseph Ratzinger on Theological Method by Katherine Sonderegger
    • Faith, Hope, and Love: Joseph Ratzinger on Theological Virtues by Gregg Allison
    • Expounding the Word of the Lord: Joseph Ratzinger on Revelation, Tradition, and Biblical Interpretation by Kevin Vanhoozer
    • “Behold the Man”: Joseph Ratzinger on Theological Anthropology by R. Lucas Stamps
    • Learning Jesus’ Prayer: Joseph Ratzinger on Theological Anthropology by Chris Holmes
    • “Behold the Handmaid of the Lord”: Joseph Ratzinger on Mary by Tim Perry
    • Undiminished, Transcendent, and Relevant: Joseph Ratzinger on Teaching on the Trinity by Fred Sanders
    • Is the Pope (Roman) Catholic?: Joseph Ratzinger on Ecumenism by Carl Trueman
    • Recentering Ministry on Christ: Joseph Ratzinger on the Priesthood by David Ney
  • Part 2: Liturgical Theology
    • One Book, One Body: Joseph Ratzinger on the Bible and the Liturgy by Peter J. Leithart
    • “This Intimate Explosion of Good”: Joseph Ratzinger on the Eucharist by Joey Royal
    • Servant of the Clear, Wide Word: Joseph Ratzinger on Preaching by Annette Brownlee
    • Salvation, Will, and Agency: Joseph Ratzinger on Prayer by Preston Parsons
    • Forming the Pilgrim Fellowship: Joseph Ratzinger on Catechesis by Jonathan Warren P. (Pagán)
  • Afterword by Matthew Levering

“Tim Perry has placed Protestants and Catholics alike in his debt.”

Hans Boersma

St. Benedict Servants of Christ Professor in Ascetical Theology, Nashotah House, Wisconsin

“An astonishing volume of essays: articulate, frank, insightful, and suffused with fraternal respect.”

Charles J. Chaput

O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Philadelphia

“An exercise in ecumenical theology at its best.”

Timothy George

Founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University and the general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture

“A landmark study and a model of authentic dialogue.”

Scott Hahn

Father Michael Scanlan Chair of Biblical Theology and the New Evangelization at Franciscan University of Steubenville and the Founder and President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology

“We Protestants can still receive the gift of Benedict's profoundly Scriptural, Christocentric work and allow it to enrich our study, preaching, worship, and evangelism too. This book shows us how.”

Wesley Hill

Associate professor of New Testament, Trinity School for Ministry

“A marvelous introduction to Pope Benedict XVI’s theology.”

Ephraim Radner

Professor of Historical Theology, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto