|Vatican||CHRISTIANITY IS ABOUT OBEDIENCE: RATZINGER|
Those who think Christianity is founded on academic knowledge, rather than obedience, are mistaken, according to the President of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
In a homily at the closing Mass of the International Congress on Christocentrism in Contemporary Theology, Cardinal Ratzinger explained: "Merely academic or intellectual knowledge is not real knowledge of the Word. The Word must be lived and obeyed and not just known."
"Obedience characterises Christianity. Obedience is what distinguishes Christianity, for example, from Gnosticism, a religious and philosophical doctrine stating that it is possible to obtain salvation through the sole avenue of knowledge. Today we have many Christianities that become a kind of Gnosticism, because they are satisfied with academic knowledge, and want nothing to do with obedience," he said.
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