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Jesus Christ
The New Face of Social Progress
PAPERBACK; Published: 1/8/2015
ISBN: 978-0-8028-7113-8
Price: $ 46.99
380 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9
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Thought-provoking perspectives from eminent Catholic scholars on the necessary foundation for social progress

Based on a careful reading of Pope Benedict's 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate ("Charity in Truth"), the essays in this substantial volume explore how an encounter with the person of Jesus Christ is the true basis for economic and social progress. The authors are experts in a wide range of disciplines — theology, philosophy, biblical studies, political science, economics, finance, environmental science — and represent a broad spectrum of Catholic thought, from liberal to conservative.

The first book in English to offer an overarching interpretation of Pope Benedict's groundbreaking encyclical, Jesus Christ: The New Face of Social Progress will inform anyone interested in Catholic social doctrine, and its depth of insight will offer fresh inspiration to serious followers of Jesus Christ.
  • Contributors
  • J. Brian Benestad
  • Simona Beretta
  • Michael Budde
  • Patrick Callahan
  • Paulo Fernando Carneiro de Andrade
  • Peter J. Casarella
  • William T. Cavanaugh
  • Maryann Cusimano Love
  • Daniel K. Finn
  • Roberto Goizueta
  • Lorna Gold
  • Keith Lemna
  • D. Stephen Long
  • Archbishop Celestino Migliore
  • Michael Naughton
  • Julie Hanlon Rubio
  • Sister Damien Marie Savino, F.S.E.
  • David L. Schindler
  • Theodore Tsukahara Jr.
  • Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson
  • Horacio Vela

Read a Q&A with author Peter J. Casarella on Eerdword.
Francis Cardinal George, OMI
— Archbishop of Chicago
"Encountering Jesus Christ converts both people and their societies. This book explores at length and with the requisite expertise the dynamic of the many societal conversions set forth by Pope Benedict XVI in Caritas in Veritate. . . . A unique response to a profound encyclical."
Matthew Levering
— Mundelein Seminary
"Relatively little has been written about Pope Benedict XVI's Caritas in Veritate, and yet of all his encyclicals, this is surely the one that will be remembered most by future generations. All will find a sure guide to the thinking that informs Caritas in Veritate in this marvelous and aptly titled compendium put together by Peter Casarella. In matters familial, economic, and ecological, Benedict and his interlocutors strive to awaken us to the primacy — indeed the urgent necessity — of love and gift."
Methodist Recorder
"Jesus Christ: The New Face of Social Progress gets better and better as it goes along. . . . The Christian `contribution' to politics is often thought of as an `add-on' to the `main courses' of neo-liberalism, socialism, or whatever else might be on offer. Writer after writer in this thought-provoking book will have none of this."
Catholic Books Review
"A well-rounded and well-written selection of essays reflecting upon and addressing in varying ways the significance of Pope Benedict XVI's encyclical Caritas in Veritate. . . . Each essay is worth reading, and altogether the collection of essays form one very cogent work that will leave readers touched by the sensitivities and hopes of fellow sojourners."