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Great Christian Thinkers [Paperback]

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Pages   236
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1994
Publisher   Continuum International Publishing Group
ISBN  0826408486  
EAN  9780826408488  

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This compelling assessment of the teachings and writings of the men Hans Kung deems to be the greatest thinkers of the past two millennia. Kung does not rest with the summing up of their theology, but asks what these thinkers have to offer to the present age and specifically what lessons they teach Christians today. Theologians covered in this book are the Apostle Paul, Origen, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, Friedrich Schleiermacher, and Karl Barth.

Publishers Description
" S]olidly researched, informative description and evaluation of seven monumental Christian thinkers groupedand related incisively by a brilliant contemporary theological mind. A treat not to be missed." -National Catholic Reporter" A]s insightful as it is penetrating. The essays can indeed serve as introductions in and of themselves, each with a short biigraphy, a delineation of the theological positions held, and a concluding assessment of what lies ahead." -Anglican Theological Review>

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More About Hans Kung

Hans Kung Hans Küng, (born March 19, 1928, Sursee, Switz.), Swiss Roman Catholic theologian whose controversial liberal views led to his censorship by the Vatican in 1979.

Küng studied at Gregorian University in Rome and obtained a doctorate in theology from the Catholic Institute at the Sorbonne in 1957. He was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1954, and he taught at the University of Münster in West Germany (1959–60) and at the University of Tübingen (1960–96), where he also directed the Institute for Ecumenical Research from 1963. In 1962 he was named by Pope John XXIII a peritus (theological consultant) for the second Vatican Council.

Küng’s prolific writings questioned the formulation of such traditional church doctrine as papal infallibility, the divinity of Christ, and teachings about the Virgin Mary. In 1979 a Vatican censure that banned his teaching as a Catholic theologian provoked international controversy, and in 1980 a settlement was reached at Tübingen that allowed him to teach under secular rather than Catholic auspices. His more recent research has focused on interreligious cooperation and the creation of a global ethic. His publications include Rechtfertigung: Die Lehre Karl Barths und eine Katholische Besinnung (1957; Justification: The Doctrine of Karl Barth and a Catholic Reflection), Konzil und Wiedervereinigung (1960; The Council, Reform, and Reunion), Die Kirche (1967; The Church), Unfehlbar? (1970; Infallible?), Christ sein (1974; On Being a Christian), Existiert Gott? (1978; Does God Exist?), and Ewiges Leben? (1982; Eternal Life?).

Hans Kung has an academic affiliation as follows - Global Ethics Foundation.

Hans Kung has published or released items in the following series...
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Simply a great introduction and overview  Sep 4, 2003
Few theologians have the great, magisterial grasp of history or theology that Kung evidences here. He summarizes fairly the theology - shortcomings and strong points - of 7 major figures in Christian theology. At all times, his mastery of their works and his critical mind are strongly on display. Given what is communicated, it is an economically written book as well. These essays are like listening to the riveting lectures of a first-class teacher, and I think that is the mode Kung is in here, teaching. He does not expect to be the final word - it is clearly a short but comprehensive introduction - one can find more in depth treatments of each of his subjects. But for the space and time invested, the payoff for the small effort to read this book is great, and any reader will come away better educated, more insightful, and perhaps even inspired.
A Book About 7 Great Thinkers--Written by #8!  Oct 3, 1999
This book is a shortened, more accessible version of Kung's mammoth work "Christianity: Essence, History, and Future." Kung highlights the careers of 7 Christian theologians: Paul, Origen, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Schleiermacher, and Barth. I agree with Feltz's comment that the book gives a skewed portrayal of Barth's theology, and does not go into any real depth on any of them. However, one must remember that it is not his aim to give an exhaustive overview of their theologies. He is attempting to present these 7 thinkers as the initiators of new paradigms in church history. Therefore, Kung only emphasizes those aspects of their life and thought that represents this. Kung's analysis of the theological ideas that have moved Church History is first rate. As always, he is intellectually honest and responsible...never dogmatic or reactionary. In the end, he admits that all theologians (including himself) must be judged by their adherence to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and for this positive Christian witness, I salute him!
Good over view, but lacking in depth.  Aug 18, 1999
In this work by Mr. Kung attempts to give an overview of the history of Christian thought. As is the case with any overview, it tends to lack depth due to the immense scope of the project, so it seems one cannot really fault him on that account. But near the end of the book, Kung seems to get too attached to that last figure, Barth. In his discussion of Barth, Kung takes too much liberty with his own personal convictions about Barth, and seems to skew the portrayal. This is not the case in the earlier discussions of Origen through Luther. One can see the onset of this personalization in the discussion of Schleiermacher. Overall I would rate this an adequate overview, especially the discussions of the earlier figures in which Kung does make some interesting comments.

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