May/June 2011 Credo for Today. What Christians Believe by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI). This is a series of essays and homilies given by Pope Benedict XVI while he was Cardinal Ratzinger. The essays and homilies are on various parts of the Nicene Creed.

Pope Benedict's writing style is very straightforward and very deep. For many of the essays, I had to re-read them several times. For me, the best essays, or the ones that spoke most clearly to my interests, were the first 3.

The first essay was on fundamentally what it means to be a Christian and to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. It's a commentary both on the Beatitudes and a proposed answer to the question "If all it means to be a Christian is to go around doing good, why do we need Faith?"

The second and thirds essays are on God and Creation. He talks very fluently about science, including evolution, and the metaphysical discussions among people like Einstein, Heisenberg, Schroedinger, and Bohr. Pretty deep stuff.

Very seldom in the essays and homilies doe he use the words "Catholic" or "Protestant" and in fact uses examples from some Protestant scholars in his arguments. I strongly recommend this book.