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Theology for the Third Millennium An Ecumenical View Hardcover – January 1, 1988

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Doubleday; Canadian BMOC edition (1988)
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,179,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Hans Küng wrote in the Foreword to this 1988 book, "This book is a document of a theologian's intellectual career. It discloses the standards and guidelines I have followed as I do theology and as I intend to go on doing it. This path led in a period of around three decades through confrontation with various Christian traditions to a truly ecumenical theology... 'My' hermeneutics... has always been seeking internal Catholic and ecumenical consensus..."

He observes that "the death of religion expected in late modernity has not taken place... Not religion, but its dying off, was the grand illusion." (Pg. 7) He suggests that each confession (Protestantism, Orthodoxy, Catholicism) "should preserve what is good in its own tradition, but it should overcome its sectarian limitations and accept what is good in the other confessions." (Pg. 59) He argues that the "unconditionally reliable reality... is not the Bible texts and not the Fathers of the Church, nor the Church's magisterium, but God himself, as he spoke for believers through Jesus Christ." (Pg. 62) He asserts that "Through historico-critical research on Jesus, Christian faith is historically justified ... and protected against both churchly and unchurchly misinterpretations... There must be no contradiction between the Christ of faith and the Jesus of history." (Pg. 111)

Later, he concludes that "We must not forget the followers of other religions are to be respected as such, and not to be subsumed in a Christian theology." (Pg. 236) Other religions can have a "positive validity," and are "conditionally true," which, "so far as they do not contradict the Christian message on decisive points, can by all means complete, correct, and enrich the Christian religion." (Pg. 254)

All of Kung's theological works are challenging and well worth reading; this one is particularly noteworthy for its focus on theological "method."
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16 of 40 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
One can admire the output of this leading theological writer. Over 78 entries alone on This book's thesis is yet another extension of the modernist mindset, that just as science has learned that truth develops and matures as it progresses, so should theology. He interestingly hypothesizes that the real turning point in history was Luther succeeding in his arugument with Erasmus over original sin. For one who doesn't confess the inerrancy of Scripture, Kung easily feels the mistake lies with the church going with Luther. That's the prevailing case in his argument, shift the paradigm to reflect where current critical scholarship is on Scripture. Interesting account, but didn't sell with this believer.
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