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  • My Struggle For Freedom


    Hans Kung is undoubtedly one of the most important theologians of our time, but he has always been a controversial figure, and as the result of a much-publicized clash over papal infallibility had his permission to teach revoked by the Vatican. Yet at seventy-five years of age Kung is also something of a senior statesman, one of the “Group of Eminent Persons” convened by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and a friend of heads of government like Britain’s Tony Blair and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.

    In this fascinating autobiography Kung gives a frank and outspoken account of the first four decades of his life. He tells of his youth in Switzerland and his decision to become a priest, of his doubts and struggles as he studied in Rome and Paris, and of his experiences as a professor in Tubingen, where he received a chair at the early age of thirty-one. Most importantly, as one of the last surviving eyewitnesses of Vatican II, Kung gives an authentic account of the conflicts behind the scenes. Here it becomes clear just how major an influence he was, to the point of shaping the Council’s agenda and drafting speeches for bishops to deliver in plenary sessions.

    Kung’s book offers an acute analysis, compelling in its drama, of meetings with presidents like John F. Kennedy, popes like John XXIII and Paul VI, great theologians like Karl Barth and Karl Rahner, and journeys around the world. With its rich thought and vivid narrative, it paints a moving picture of Kung’s personal convictions, including his relentless struggle for a Christianity characterized not by the domination of an official church but by Jesus.

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  • Dialogue With Hans Kung


    SKU (ISBN): 9780334049746ISBN10: 0334049741Walter Jens | Karl-Josef Kushel | Hans KungBinding: Trade PaperPublished: May 2013Publisher: SCM Press Print On Demand Product

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  • Beginning Of All Things


    In an age when faith and science seem constantly to clash, can theologians and scientists come to a meeting of minds? Yes, maintains the intrepid Hans KA 1/4ng, as he brilliantly argues here that religion and science are not mutually exclusive but complementary. Focusing on beginnings – beginnings of time, of the world, of man, of human will – KA 1/4ng deals with an array of scientific precepts and teachings. From a unified field theory to quantum physics to the Big Bang to the theory of relativity – even superstring and chaos theories – he examines all of the theories regarding the beginning of the univererse and life (of all kinds) in that universe. KA 1/4ng seeks to reconcile theology with the latest scientific insights, holding that “a confrontational model for the relationship between science and theology is out of date, whether put forward by fundamentalist believers and theologians or by rationalistic scientists and philosophers.” While accepting evolution as scientists generally describe it, he still maintains a role for God in founding the laws of nature by which life evolved and in facilitating the adventure of creation. Exhibiting little patience for scientists who do not see beyond the limits of their discipline or for believers who try to tell experts how things must have been, KA 1/4ng challenges readers to think more deeply about the beginnings in order to facilitate a new beginning in dialogue and understanding.

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  • Justification : The Doctrine Of Karl Barth And A Catholic Reflection (Anniversar


    Now forty years since its original publication, Hans Kung’s groundbreaking study acclaimed as a model for ecumenical discussion has become a classic work. Looking at the doctrine of justification as understood by the Protestant theologian Karl Barth in comparison to classic Roman Catholic theology, Kung found that the two had similar ideas about the main elements of justification. He argued there is fundamental agreement between Catholicism and Barth’s doctrine and that the somewhat divergent viewpoints “would not warrant a division in the Church.” This anniversary edition now features a new essay assessing Kung’s work in light of contemporary ecumenical dialogues between Roman Catholics and Protestants.

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  • How To Do Good And Avoid Evil


    In 1993, the Parliament of the World’s Religions endorsed the “Declaration toward a Global Ethic” composed by Hans Kung. In it, representatives from all the world’s religions agreed on principles for a global ethic and committed themselves to directives of nonviolence, respect for life, solidarity, a just economic order, tolerance, and equal rights and partnership between men and women. But the declaration was just the first step.

    In this impressive volume, Hans Kung, probably the most famous living Roman Catholic theologian, and Rabbi Walter Homolka, head of Germany’s Abraham Geiger rabbinical seminary and distinguished professor, draw on the Jewish tradition to show the riches that Judaism can offer people of all faiths and nonbelievers in achieving these directives.

    Presenting key sacred texts and theological writings, the authors make the case for binding values and basic moral attitudes that can be found in Judaism’s universal message of a better world. Exploring Judaism’s focus on ethical conduct over declarations of faith, the authors show that making ethical decisions is indispensable in an ever-changing world.

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  • Global Ethic For Global Politics And Economics


    As the twentieth century draws to a close and the rush to globalization gathers momentum, political and economic considerations are crowding out vital ethical questions about the shape of our future. Now, Hans Kung, one of the world’s preeminent Christian theologians, explores these issues in a visionary and cautionary look at the coming global society.

    How can the new world order of the twenty first century avoid the horrors of the twentieth? Will nations form a real community or continue to aggressively pursue their own interests? Will the Machiavellian approaches of the past prevail over idealism and a more humanitarian politics? What role can religion play in a world increasingly dominated by transnational corporations? Kung tackles these and many other questions with the insight and moral authority that comes from a lifetime’s devotion to the search for justice and human dignity. Arguing against both an amoral realpolitik and an immoral resurgence of laissez faire economics, Kung defines a comprehensive ethic founded on the bedrock of mutual respect and humane treatment of all beings that would encompass the ecological, legal, technological, and social patterns that are reshaping civilization. If we are going to have a global economy, a global technology, a global media, Kung argues, we must also have a global ethic to which all nations, and peoples of the most varied backgrounds and beliefs, can commit themselves. “The world,” he says, “is not going to be held together by the Internet.”

    For anyone concerned about the world we are creating, A Global Ethic for Global Politics and Economics offers equal measures of informed analysis, compassionate foresight, and wise counsel.

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  • Islam : A Challenge For Christianity


    Bosnia / Smail Balic? — Africa / Patrick D. Gaffney — Women in Islam and Christianity / Riffat Hassan — Indonesia / Judo Poerwowidagdo — Islam, the one and the many / John Renard — The threat of Islam / John L. Esposito – Is Islam threatened by Christianity? / Mohammed Arkoun — Tawhi?d / V.J. Cornell — The challenge of Islamic monotheism / A. Gonza?lez Montes — Human rights in Islam / Mahmud Gamal-ad-din — The 1981 ‘Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights’ / Heiner Bielefeldt — Is Islamic revelation an abrogation of Judaeo-Christian revelation? / Abdulaziz Sachedina — Christianity – challenged by Islam / Gerhard Bo?wering – The abrogation of Judaism and Christianity in Islam / Jane Dammen McAuliffe — World peace – world religions – world ethic / Hans Ku?ng.

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  • Christianity And World Religions


    Kung joins with three esteemed colleagues to address the question: “Can we break through the barriers of noncommunication, fear, and mistrust that separate the followers of the world’s great religions?” The authors analyze the main lines of approach taken by Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, and give Christian responses to the values and challenges each tradition presents.

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  • On Being A Christian


    One of this century’s most prominent and outspoken theologians affirms the vitality and uniqueness of Christianity by tracing it back to the reality of the historical Christ.

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