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By Regis Martin, Crisis Magazine, Oct. 4, 2021

Regis Martin is Professor of Theology and Faculty Associate with the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at the Franciscan University of Steubenville. …


A great sea change came over my life when, quite by accident, I first stumbled upon a copy of Joseph Ratzinger’s Introduction to Christianity. Based on a set of lectures, given in the summer of 1967, that captivated large numbers of German university students, it appeared in English two years later. I discovered it several years after while wandering about in a Catholic bookstore.

I’d never heard of Ratzinger before but was instantly struck on first opening the book and seeing the following sentence set down in the Preface, revealing the whole point of writing the thing:   …