Judaism: between yesterday and tomorrow

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Continuum, Jun 1, 1995 - Religion - 753 pages
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Swiss-German theologian Kung planned this massive synthesis of Christian history and systematic theology as a sequel to his On Being Christian (1976) and as a companion to Judaism (Crossroad, 1992). Ever the Catholic Church's "faithful critic," Kung displays a dazzling breadth of scholarship. Professor of ecumenical theology at the University of Tubingen, he bases his approach on five historical paradigm shifts: Jewish apocalyptic Christianity, early church ecumenism, the Roman system in the medieval papal church, the Reformation, and modern democracy. He notes dominant influences in each, presenting his convictions on the essence of Christianity and moving toward a polycentrism where Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical traditions are not mutually exclusive. Over 30 diagrams and many stimulating "questions for the future" sidebars are included. Not all readers will accept the views of this Vatican II peritus (nor did the Vatican in 1973). But the work is a remarkable achievement for a church always in need of reform and reformers. Recommended for all theology collections>

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CHRISTIANITY: Essence, History, and Future

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A mammoth and important rendering of the Christian faith, by one of the most prominent living Roman Catholic theologians. KĹng (Univ. of TĹbingen, Germany; On Being a Christian, 1976, etc.) surveys ... Read full review

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User Review  - patito-de-hule - LibraryThing

Catholic theologian Küng's aim is to promote discourse between religions, and to show ways in which it can be done. He is a profound thinker, and his writing is never a quick read. For those who are ... Read full review


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Hans Kung is president of the Global Ethic Foundation (Germany/Switzerland) after retiring in 1996 as professor of ecumenical theology and director of the Institute for Ecumenical Research at the University of Tubingen. He is the author of more than fifty books, including The Catholic Church and On Being a Christian.

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