The Catholic Church: A Short History

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Random House Publishing Group, Dec 18, 2007 - Religion - 272 pages
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In this extraordinary book, the renowned Hans Kung chronicles the Roman Catholic Church’s role as a world power throughout history. He examines great schisms — between East and West, Catholicism and Protestantism — the evolving role of the papacy and the stories of the great reforming popes; and the expansion of a global Church infrastructure. The book concluded with a searching assessment of how the Catholic faith will confront the immense challenges posed in the new millennium by the scientific community, by women questioning their role in the Church, and by those seeking reform of the strictures against abortion and contraception. The Catholic Church is a landmark book by a controversial and profoundly influential thinker.


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THE CATHOLIC CHURCH: A Short History

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A quick study of the world's largest and oldest Christian church, from a Swiss priest whose unorthodox views on the subject have kept him simmering in hot water for the last quarter-century.Probably ... Read full review

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User Review  - StephenBarkley - LibraryThing

I bought this book to fill some gaps in my knowledge of church history. It did the trick! Küng’s a loyal rebel in the church, which endeared him to me immediately. He reminded me of Charles Wesley ... Read full review

Contents

Founded b_v_esus?
5
The Pauline Churches
19
A Universal Religion for the Universal Empire
33
The Bishop of Rome Claims Supremacy
44
The First Real Pope
55
Medieval Piety
64
Christian Catholic Roman
70
Revolution from Above
79
The Roman Catholic CounterReformation
134
The Church and the Copernican Shift 116
146
Iev Time lll
147
The Church and the Revolution
152
A Sweeping Condemnation of Modernity
159
Silence about the Holocaust
176
The Most Significant Pope of the Twentieth Century
187
lev Departures at the Grass Roots
196

Heretics and the Inquisition
94
The Great Theological Synthesis
101
The lind of Papal Domination lll
118
Was the Program of the Reform ation Catholic?
125
Which Church Has a Future?
203
Index
215
Discussion Guide 229
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About the author (2007)

Hans Küng obtained a doctorate in theology from the Sorbonne in 1957. In 1962 he was named a theological consultant for the Second Vatican Council by Pope John XXIII, and he played a major role in the writing of the documents of Vatican II, which radically modernized key areas of Catholic teaching. The author of many books, he lives and teaches in Tübingen, Germany.


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