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The view of the papacy held by the Catholic Church fellowship, oriented on the New Testament, is different from that of the Roman church bureaucracy. It is the view of a pope who is not over the church and the world in place of God, but in the church as a member (instead of the head) of the people of God.The Catholic Church is the best history of the Church in many years. Unlike many such books, it is written clearly enough to be understood by lay readers, regardless of their knowledge of Christian history; and it is short enough that it can be read in a day or two. Furthermore, Kung's controversial views are not presented as mere polemic. They are grounded in objective historical facts. Thus, he succeeds in providing a history that is both committed and objective. Readers who share those commitments will find a trove of knowledge to support their beliefs; readers who disagree will be moved to consider carefully the question of whether and how the Church should be further reformed. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Hans Kung is a most competent church historian.
I am a Protestant, so I don't necessarily disagree with many of Kung's criticisms, but I just wanted a history, not Kung's constant criticisms of Catholic history.
It is also quite impressive that Hans Kung managed to put together such an erudite work in such a small book.
Readable and authoritive from one of the most respected church historians in modern times.Published 3 days ago by Mark Meier
Fr. Kung presents a refreshing look at the institutional Catholic church with a clear historical view on how certain views developed, such as papal infallibility and the primacy of... Read morePublished 4 months ago by John K
I was looking for a standard history of the Catholic Church, so my dissatisfaction is partly my own fault. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Ryan Mease
Excellent brief history, only marred by the author's unrelenting critical view that occasionally crosses over the line of credibility. Still very informative and thought provoking. Read morePublished 10 months ago by David A. StJohn
Kung, with his well-publicized history of dissent from the Roman Catholic magisterium, was indeed a provocative choice to pen the Roman Catholic edition of the excellent 'Short... Read morePublished 12 months ago by JordanJasper
On my second read, plus ordered this copy for my sister. Highly recommend to Catholics as a realistic perspective on the history of their faith. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Paula N. Holliday
Informative and life-changing! Caused me to re-think my ideas and church stance based on previous misinformation. Would like a more extensive treatment of Church customs.Published 20 months ago by R. J. E. Holman
Hans makes his agenda clear and it hardly clutters up his objectivity. Good story by one who lived it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Donald J. Manson
Fr. Hans Kung, a Theologian & Historian gives an 'Insider's' view of the Current developments
taking place within Catholicism-the Vatican. Read more