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  1. Without Roots: Europe, Relativism, Christianity, Islam
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This book was a helpful look at the spiritual disorder of modern Europe, given from two very complimentary viewpoints. It is presented as a back and forth between then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger and Marcello Pera, philosopher of science and president of the Italian Senate.

Pera's lecture is given first, where he critiques the notion that Western culture is not superior to other cultures (irrespective of the practical consequences of holding such a view), with postmodernism, deconstructionism, and the like as his primary targets. He argues for the conception of the West as a harbinger of "universal values" of freedom, equality, religious toleration, etc., while not at all denying that such a culture never would exist without the historical fact of the Christian tradition in Europe. Pera is an interesting voice, because he is an atheist, but a classical liberal in the true sense of the word; he stands athwart political correctness and is not ashamed of the West's... Read more
We discussed this book in our Church discussion group, and it generated a ton of excitement as it nailed the major problems in politics, religion and government today, not to mention daily life. Basically, at least one major party in the U.S., operating out of a religion of relativism, is ready to lay down and let Islamic Fascists take over our country. Mr Perea says there is a similar group of people in Europe who think all war is evil, and is unwilling to defend itself. War is not intrinsically evil anymore than death is. He said there is a moral death (natural) and an immoral death (murder). The same principle applies to war, which can be moral if it is defensive. We enjoyed the book, and plan to read the Sadness of Christ by St. Thomas MoreThe Sadness of Christ (Yale University Press Translation) next as a form of anti-relativism, as St.Thomas More,... Read more
When 2 intellectuals from quite different socio-political and religious points of view come to the same conclusion on an issue of Global impact upon society...their conclusions warrant some REAL attention.

These lectures and letters between Ratzinger (Benedict XV) and Pera, present just such a monumentally cogent piece of work.

Importantly, both these great minds have a way of articualting their positions in straightforward, understandable terms which even the average reader can appreciate. No high sounding philosophical language...but solid philosophical and moral analysis.

If there is any issue that will impact every human being alive over the next few is the crisis of identity which this little book addresses. Time well spent, indeed.
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