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Though none of his previous books have gone beyond the religious realm, the John Paul II writes forcefully on political issues for the first time in Memory and Identity.
Memory and Identity is both a discussion of the twentieth century totalitarian ideologies of Communism and Nazism and a call for a dialogue between all the world’s civilizations and religions. During the course of this address, Pope John Paul II makes an emphatic appeal for mankind to regard their freedom “not only as a gift but a task” to be used for the common good and warns about the dangers of the new forms of atheism, consumerism, and materialism that cause the “ravages of conscience” that divide us.
Memory and Identity offers an incisive historical and philosophical meditation on freedom and its limits, as well as on ideas of Homeland and Nation, and on the Christian roots of Europe.