In this paper, kungs concept of salvation as stated in the book on being a christian is presented and this has been compared with very few prominent. However, while this work stresses the centrality of christ. A theological controversy with political consequences 220 predestination by godtheologically disputed 222. Hans kung says francis responded to request for free. Hans kung is, by reason of his assorted exchanges with the vatican, one of. Hans kung, on being a christian translated from the german by edward quinn. An international bestseller by one of this centurys most prominent theologians, on being a christian is a work of exhaustive scholarship, born.
An international bestseller by one of this centurys most prominent theologians, on being a christian is a work of exhaustive scholarship, born of the authors passionate belief in jesus christ as the center of existence. He described what is common among the various christian communities and discussed the reasons a person would choose to believe in christianity. Kung is suffering from parkinsons disease, macular degeneration, and polyarthritis in his hands. Beyond its historical and theological dimensions, however, on being a christian is a thorough reexamination of what it means to be a christian today.
Kung, hans, christianity and the world religions, p112 hasan ibn aiyfib wrote a long letter to his brother to explain why he, who had once been a christian, after twenty years of doubts, especially about the trinity and the incarnation, had finally become a muslim kung, hans, christianity and the world religions, p112. Hans kung has himself said of the book, which he regards as his magnum opus, that it intends to clarify and challenge christian faith and life at a time when the churches have unfortunately lost rather than gained in credibility. May 09 2020 on being a christian hans kung 15 pdf drive search and download pdf files for free. Discussion of themes and motifs in hans kung s on being a christian. Victory is always available, but if we do fall, we have an advocate with the father, jesus christ, the righteous one.
Hans kung says francis responded to request for free discussion on infallibility dogma apr 26, 2016 the current method of selecting bishops runs contrary to church tradition. On being a christian, hans kiing, xpress reprints edition, scm. Hans kung on being christian as being radically human life. On being a christian hans kung pdf on being a christian hans kung on. Originally published in 1974 and translated from kungs native german, on being a christian is definitely a product of its. This reformulation, in fact, was so important that many. Hans kung on church reform sylvania franciscan village. Kung has continued to address new challenges in the church b. Hans kung on being christian as being radically human. This is an apologetic work which reexamines what it means to be a christian today. Hans kung is swiss and was born into a middleclass family. Hans kung obtained a doctorate in theology from the sorbonne in 1957. An international bestseller ogunde varere pdf score by one of this centurys most prominent.
Hans kung, on being a christian, translated from the german by edward quinn new york. I was able to plow thru the tedium due to research skills from my science background at auburn university. He described what is common among the various christian communities and discussed the. I have had only a chance to browse through it a couple of times, but today, while studying the way in which the prophet isaiah uses the word justice. Hans kungs on being a christian was destined for the once more. One of this centurys most prominent and outspoken theologians. He is the author of numerous best selling books including on being a christian harper collins.
Hans kung, born in switzerland, is a catholic priest and a prolific author. On being a christian is 1974 work of christian theology by hans kung. Hans kung here assesses the impact of other world religions, humanism, science, technology, and political revolutions. Hans kung on devotion to mary page 2 christian forums. Ripples spread out from hans kungs work national catholic. Jun 12, 2005 none of the replies really deal with one of the key issues raised by hans kung. Since kungs work on being a christian is religious, the focus in this writing is on the religious use of the word salvation. Hans kung, the swiss theologian, says that he has received a letter from pope francis that responds to my request to give room to a free discussion on the dogma of infallibility. May 14, 20 one of those involved in this council was a theologian named hans kung. Mar 15, 2020 hans kung, swiss roman catholic theologian whose controversial liberal views led to his censorship by the vatican in 1979. Read it in late 1970s while onboard a us naval ship. At the time, i found the sentences laborious to read being translated from the german into english.
The book closes quickly in just over another hundred pages in which the. It is rare indeed to find a book which is still cutting edge thirty years after being written, yet in the church kung makes relevant observations and challenges. He also sifts through christian controversiesall to affirm the vitality and uniqueness of christianity in the reality of the historical christ. He studied in rome for seven years, obtaining his licentiate in philosophy and theology from the gregorian university there, and then receiving his doctorate in theology from the catholic institute in paris.
In an age of confusion about spirituality and the meaning of. I, for one, should like to be free from that self that nature which seeks. The vatican thirst for power divides christianity and. A mammoth and important rendering of the christian faith, by one of the most prominent living roman catholic theologians. Kung has been serving as an emeritus professor at the university of tubingen since 1996. Kung, hans, christianity and the world religions, p112 hasan ibn aiyfib wrote a long letter to his brother to explain why he, who had once been a christian, after twenty years of doubts, especially about the trinity and the incarnation, had finally become a muslim. Hans kung may be most widely known as a critic of papal leadership. Kung studied at gregorian university in rome and obtained a doctorate in theology from the catholic institute at the sorbonne in 1957. The realization that the foundations established by the council of trent in the 16 th century were no longer adequate prompted one of the most important reformulations of the ecclesiology of the roman catholic church in history. Hans kung is a swiss catholic priest, theologian, and author. On being a christian is the second edition of what kung himself regarded as his magnum opus and its quite a tome at 602 pages. Hans kung has himself said of the book, which he regards as his magnum opus, that it intends to clarify and challenge christian faith and life at a time when the churches have. Friends, a friend of mine gave me a copy of hans kungs on being a christian the other day.
In 1962 he was named by pope john xxiii a theological consultant for the second vatican council and played the key role in the writing of vatican ii, which radically modernized key areas of catholic teaching. Probably the best modern book on christianity, this classic from hans kung was written in 1974 and has been reissued in 2008 by continuum books. Since 1995 he has been president of the foundation for a global ethic. His questioning of traditional church doctrines led to a 1979 vatican. Belief in god can be justified in the face of a rational critique. The appearance of on being a christian in english in 1976 brought a primarily academic theologian to wide public attention. Can you imagine any other company training someone over a period of years at great expense, giving them a top job, free accommodation, paid travel to anywhere in the world they take a fancy to and then allowing them to sit all day writing fairy tales while their. This is one of his most effective weapons in his arsenal.
Or so he said in an interview last week in the british catholic weekly, the tablet. No intellectual ride is bumpfree when the road is potholed with. On being a christian is a vital and important statement about what it means to be a christian. From the nineteenth century marianism and papalism have gone hand in hand and given each other mutual support. Reform for the sake of christian unity and interfaith dialogue g. Those who reject it are free to go their own way, but catholics are required to accept the authority of the church, because god gave authority to the church. Hans kung, renowned dissident theologian, considering. An international bestseller by one of this centurys most prominent.
In his magnificent book, the church, he gives an outline of what it means to be the church kung 19. A theological controversy with political consequences 220. May 09 2020 onbeingachristianhanskung 15 pdf drive search and download pdf files for free. Mccann reed college hans kiings recent work, on being a christian, adds an important chapter to the history of modern catholic apologetics. Originally published in 1974 and translated from kung s native german, on being a christian is definitely a product of its. October 3, 20 german theology professor hans kung has written that he is considering committing suicide because of his age and his fears of illness. Is there something more to being a christian than to being human.
The devil wants to discourage us to the point that we say. On being a christian by hans kung paperback softback. Discussion of themes and motifs in hans kungs on being a christian. Athena, the goddess of wisdom and warfare was the patron of athens, as the citys name suggests. The astonishing efforts to lure away anglican priests show that pope benedict is set on restoring the roman imperium. Since 1854, the time of pius ix, the popes have promoted marian devotion by every means. In it he attempts to address serious seekers for some sort of ultimate truth and moral integrity by developing an attractive. I have had only a chance to browse through it a couple of times, but today, while studying the way in which the prophet isaiah uses the word justice hb tsadiq or tsadiqa, i opened it to see if he had any comments on it and came across this paragraph near the end of the book. Congar said he spoke like a revolutionary and not a reformer ii. Official inquiries were held, statements were exchanged between kung and the conference of german bishops, and the romebased congregation for the doctrine of the faith, but no. He is the author of more than fifty books, including the catholic church and on being a. It has a basis in the experience of uncertain reality itself, which raises the first and last questions about the condition of its possibility 574. The book focuses on the life and teaching of jesus christ and the nature of.
It has a basis in the experience of uncertain reality. Hans kung, a priest of switzerland, studied philosophy and theology at the. Hans kung makers of the modern theological mind series, john j. I often wonder if people like hans kung ever find time to carry out their priestly duties or even to say a decade of the rosary. Hans kung is emeritus professor of ecumenical theology at the university of tubingen and president of the global ethic foundation. Hans kung on devotion to mary discussion in general theology started by dale, jun 12, 2005. More recently, his on being christian 1977 has raised the question of whether his theology is not simply rational protestant theology of the turn of the century.1325 1095 748 872 345 1109 994 1294 1160 520 1227 1240 955 693 1262 168 303 29 234 336 1193 994 330 690 1022 928 835 1019 678 881 262 262 362 1053 1013 561 1284 306 444 1078 1127 986 1424 1051 829 1263