Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy Used
$4.41
+ $3.99 shipping
Used: Acceptable | Details
Sold by WonderBook
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Comment: 100% Guaranteed. Serving Millions of Book Lovers Since 1980. Acceptable condition. Acceptable dust jacket. Writing inside.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Church Hardcover – 1967

4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

See all 12 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Hardcover, 1967
$4.41

The Amazon Book Review
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Available from these sellers.
click to open popover
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 515 pages
  • Publisher: Sheed and Ward; First Edition edition (1967)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000K0CZLC
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.7 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,733,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
It's amazing how a book first released in 1968 can still be relevant to todays Church. This work is a systematic approach to the ecclesiological and eschatological structures of the Catholic and Protestant Church.Hans Kung is an engaging writer who treats each subject with care and meticulous scholarly research. Protestant readers should not be put off by Kungs Catholic background, as Kung is fair and insightful in his critique of both Church traditions.

Although 'The Church' is a scholarly publication written by one of the most innovative and clever theologians in modern history, 'The Church' is remarkable engaging and easy to read, despite its considerable length. This book is suited to both Church leaders and the layperson who are seeking a concise study of the nature and purpose of the Church.
Comment 13 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
There is no denying that "The Church" is a child of its time. Released in 1967 just two years after Vatican II, this signature work of Hans Kung was succeeded by a string of critical and controversial ecclesiastical works by its author. In the years immediately succeeding its publication, "The Church" played its role in the anguished debate over the very nature of Catholicism in the postmodern world.

But this is now over four decades in the past. Those who used this text in ecclesial and university battles are now for the most part long retired or even deceased. Battle lines are still drawn, but the map looks strangely different. The question that remains now is whether removed from its post-conciliar setting, "The Church" has an enduring value, something to say that remains fresh in the contemporary setting.

I finished rereading this book almost a year ago, and I wrestled with that thought myself until I came across the excellent collection of essays entitled "Vatican II: Did Anything Happen?" [2007] This is a wonderful and spirited defense of the necessity of the Council. It was inspired, I believe, by a tendency in the Vatican today to act and speak as if the great Council was a momentary blip that changed little. In point of fact, however, Vatican II was a moral necessity, given that Roman Catholicism and its sister communions had been utterly powerless in the face of the grotesque evils of two world wars and the Holocaust.

Kung's work, like that of other war generation Catholic theologians of Western Europe, is a vision of a Church that indeed would have the moral credibility of character before the powers of this world.
Read more ›
Comment 8 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
No book I have ever read on the church has so clearly and thoroughly stated what I have come to believe about the church.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that this book was written by a leading Catholic professor of theology!

Of course, after writing this book (and as a result of it), Kung is a Catholic no longer, for they excommunicated him. So be warned! If you follow Kung down the rabbit hole, there will be ramifications in your personal life as well! (As there were in mine).
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Hans Kung describes literally every aspect of Church that both theologians and ministers discuss both yesterday and today. The book is rather long but a great volume that covers topics from government of the Church, sacraments, the meaning of Church, to its offices and even code of conduct
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback
Karl Rahner made a profound influence in theology through his thesis of the book The Trinity which he stated that the immanent Trinity was the economic Trinity. Unlike what most theologians struggled defining the relationship between what we know of the Trinity and what the Trinity actually is well understood in that statement. Following this line of tradition Ives Congar has written in his magnum opus, I believe in the Holy Spirit, that the discussion of the Trinity actually governs both theology of the Bible and the practices of the Church. However, it seems undeniable yet evitable that we still struggle about the visual aspect of our Christian worship, which is largely associated with the active ministry of the church and how the Trinitarian understanding of God entails biblical understanding about the fellowship and evangelism of believers in churches.

Hans Küng, an eminent Swiss Catholic priest, took this challenge and provided lucid and realistic picture of the Church. He wrote of the real church that even though the essence and form of the Church were not identical they could not--should not-- be separated. On the one hand, the Church is the pilgrim community of believers, but on the other hand it is historically visible organism. Thus, "[t]he essence of the Church is therefore always to be found in historical form, and the historical form always be understood in light of and with reference to the essence" (24). It is interesting that Küng says the goal of believers regarding the Church is not going back to the form of the primitive New Testament Church, of which many have failed in their attempt such as the Jewish Christians and the Anabaptist (45).
Read more ›
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse