The Catholic Church : A Short History (Paperback)

Author: Kung, Hans

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Featuring a new Epilogue on the Church in crisis, this extraordinary book by one of the world's greatest living Christian historians chronicles the Roman Catholic ChurchUs role as a world power throughout history.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780812967623
SKU 31029561
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0812967623
Release Date 1/1/2003
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5L x 0.75T
Author Info
Hans Kung
Hans Kung was born Hans Kueng and was educated at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and the Institut Catholique at the Sorbonne in Paris. Kung became a priest whose theological work was so admired that he was asked to design the agenda for the Vatican II Council. He has been taught ecumenical theology and directed the Institute for Ecumenical Research at the University of Tubingen, Germany.
" 230 pages [this book] offers the most dazzling display of theological score-settling since Luther nailed his theses to the door....Few people who pick up THE CATHOLIC CHURCH will be under any illusions about it. This is polemical history, varnished and cropped to fit the author's world-view--which makes it, I suppose, bad history. But it belts along at a satisfying speed, and thanks to the translator's eccentric insistence on employing the present tense it even has a faintly tabloid feel to it."
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Annotation Kung, a Swiss theologian known for being banned from teaching theology shortly after his important role in Vatican II, has written a concise narrative of the history of the Catholic Church. In it, he explores the Church's power, its historic schisms, and the papacy.
Editors Note In this extraordinary book, the controversial and profoundly influential Hans Küng chronicles the Roman Catholic Church’s role as a world power throughout history. Along the way, he examines the great schisms—between East and West, and Catholic and Protestant—as well as the evolving role of the papacy, the stories of the great reforming popes, and the expansion of a global church infrastructure. The book concludes with a searching assessment of how the Catholic faith will confront the immense challenges posed in the new millennium by those seeking reform of traditional strictures.
Editors Note 2 The renowned theologian and historian presents a landmark history of the Roman Catholic Church, from its origins to the present day, that discusses the role of the papacy, the schisms that split the church, and the role of the Catholic Church in the twenty-first century as it confronts issues of women's rights, scientific development, and more. Reprint. 40,000 first printing.
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Number of Pages 0272
Publisher Modern Library

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