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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Crossroad (September 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0824511190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0824511197
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,153,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German

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This is the best book on this issue I've ever read, highly recomended.
Hilda Barria
From reading this book, I get the impression he could spend all day telling me the sun is out. ;-)
catherine guelph
Agnostic, believer alike will benefit from this book that every intellectual should read.
Halsley Taylor

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
Kung takes the reader through the 'Modern Era's' most challenging intellects and prophetic voices as they wrestle with the 'Question of God'. Setting the stage with the duality of Descartes' 'cogito ergo sum' and Pascal's 'credo ergo sum', Kung charts a course between the intellect and the will, between emotion and reason, between the heart and the mind- and finds the core of 'Faith' in a 'radical trust' that is thoroughly rooted in reality, adressing what is most real, and in complete view of what is really urgent in the context of the hardcore reality of every day life- especially in the reality of life's often meaninglessness, hopelessness, empty, banal and valueless tragedies and crises.
Kung works through the lives and works of Hegel, Feuerbach, Freud, Marx, and Nietzsche and along the way identifies the key issues and challenges in their thought and action. Kung is completely open to what is valuable and reasonable in their critique of Theology, Religion, Culture, and Philosophy, yet sharply critical to what is irrational and pathological in their messages and praxis.
Kung reaches his climax following a brilliant and incisive analysis of Friedrich Nietzsche's radical critique of all things religious, and uses Nietzsche's struggle with 'nihilism' as his own foil against the response of atheism to the Modern Question of God. If Nietzsche is right, and nihilism is the case, then neither the atheist a la Feuerbach, Freud, Marx, or Nietzsche has a leg to stand on- nor does the theist. Rather, the human condition in the face of the threat of nihilism requires we all risk a choice of fundamental trust in the ultimate meaningfulness and value of life, reality, and existence.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By catherine guelph on September 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
Hans Küng (b1928) is thorough to a fault. From reading this book, I get the impression he could spend all day telling me the sun is out. ;-) I learned a great deal from this book. Nearly every philosopher and theologian from the time of Descartes receives mention, if not a critical exposition. It is difficult for me to recall an influential thinker during the past four millennia who is yet to be considered by Küng. The irony of such thoroughness is that Kung, in fact, leaves his own question unanswered. He does not state that God Exists much less offer a convincing proof. In some sense, I pity those who naively pick up this heavy material expecting the answer to the title to leap leap from one of the pages. That is not the intent of this exhaustive study. On the other hand, my own faith was strengthened by Herr Kung's argument which I would suggest is that it is equally reasonable and rational to believe in GOD as it is to believe in no god. Hans Küng methodically develops the reasonableness of faithing in the GOD of Abraham, and the Christ, Jesus. Based on the finding that it is reasonable to believe in the LORD, my GOD, I found new confidence in my spiritual relationship. My relationship with the LORD is based on a "fundamental trust", as Herr Kung calls it. In this way, I have learned to experience my spiritual relationship in a similar fashion to my valued friendships. Both are based on a growing trust. Although, I cannot prove my friend exists, I can prove that the relationship I have affects my life. In the view of Hans Kung, the grace of GOD plays an important role in this "fundamental trust". He explains, "But also like fundamental trust, trust in God cannot simply be decided on, willed, extorted or produced.Read more ›
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful By New Age of Barbarism on June 16, 2001
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In this book, which is at once brilliant and incredibly pretentious, Hans Kung attempts to show that it is reasonable to believe in God, even and especially in light of the modern world. The book is essentially a book of doubts, in which virtually every conceivable modern complaint and doubt about the necessity of God's existence is expressed and countered. The book is long, hard, extremely taxing (especially if you engage it properly) and terrifically complicated, so I won't even attempt to do anything like summarize it here. If you truly engage this book, you may find yourself both profoundly troubled and even perhaps experiencing the phenomenon of conversion, e.g. as happened to St. Paul on the road to Damascus. These are profound questions which have troubled the mind of man since he became conscious of himself. They are all the more difficult because there can be no "fence sitting". As Pascal says, "You must wager!"
For what it's worth, which likely isn't much, here's what I get out of the book. The atheist position, which is the doubt of God's existence or even the actual denial thereof, has a certain instability to it. The problem with this position is that while the Christian may be wrong in saying that the life of the atheist is intolerable, there is a tendency in fact for the tolerable to become "unbearably tolerable" - i.e. meaningless. The atheist can easily slide into nihilism - extinction into boredom (nothingness). It is against this tendency that the atheist is constantly at odds. On the other hand, the theist position runs into problems in that the theist is perpetually confronting the potential of doubt and to overcompensate for this, he runs the risk of retreating into fanaticism.
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