The papacy of John Paul II was characterized by unprecedented dialogue between orthodox Protestants and Roman Catholics regarding a common concern for moral and social issues. Here evangelical scholars such as J.I. Packer, Mark Noll, Ronald Sider, Nancy Pearcey, and Peter Kuzmic evaluate the thought of the respected pope as expressed in his major encyclicals. Paperback.
The papacy of John Paul II was phenomenal, and not least for the fact that many evangelicals came to honor and respect him. Running parallel with this pope's ministry was an unprecedented level of conversation between Protestant evangelicals and Roman Catholics. In the West, at least, there was a growing sense that in a post-Christian society it was time for Christians of orthodox faith to explore their common commitments and to make common cause in the great moral and social issues of the day. Tim Perry calls on some of the best evangelical minds to offer their assessments of the thought of John Paul II as expressed in his major encyclicals.
Tim Perry, Ph.D., was formerly an associate professor of theology at Providence College, Otterburne, Manitoba, Canada. He is the author of , ( both InterVarsity Press), and (Wilfrid Laurier University Press).
"John Paul II was one of the most significant witnesses to the gospel of Jesus Christ in recent times and a teacher of the church whose influence will extend far into the future. Here prominent evangelical thinkers assess his legacy with insight and appreciation through an engagement with the major encyclicals of his papacy. This is an outstanding collection of essays that bears witness to the vitality of both Roman Catholic and evangelical thought in service to our common Lord."
"Vigorous, comprehensive and thoroughly evangelical, The Legacy of John Paul II makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of one of the great Christian leaders of the last century, and advances the cause of Christian unity."
"In the sixteenth century--a time when Protestants were not inclined to say nice things about Catholic leaders--the Reformer Theodore Beza addressed one of his treatises to 'the more sensible part of those who call themselves Roman Catholics.' This fine book of essays is a testimony to a Catholic pope whom many of us in the evangelical world revered, not only as a 'sensible' spiritual leader, but as someone who on various occasions and on various subjects spoke words of godly wisdom, both to us and for us."
"Of the many legacies of the twenty-six--year pontificate of John Paul II is the astonishing attentiveness of non-Catholics to his teaching ministry, as is demonstrated in this informative and provocative book. Such attentiveness does not always mean agreement, but it is a genuinely new thing in the world Christian movement."
"A remarkable book. At one and the same time, it is an excellent guide both to the religious and ethical thought of this highly influential pope and to the growing evangelical willingness to engage with it. Highly recommended."
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