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Chuck Neely
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On balance, this is a book all Christians should ...
Reviewed in the United States on June 18, 2017
On balance, this is a book all Christians should read. Kung tackles almost every problem and opportunity to make the faith relevant without changing the basic faith, in his opinion. Yet I read the book without having satisfactory answers to the 4 following questions: 1. the... See more
On balance, this is a book all Christians should read. Kung tackles almost every problem and opportunity to make the faith relevant without changing the basic faith, in his opinion. Yet I read the book without having satisfactory answers to the 4 following questions: 1. the book (602 pages) never mentions hell. What happens to those people who reject Jesus'' ideas and demands? Do they cease to exist at death? Go to hell? or some other situation? There are many such people today. 2. Is God so involved with us that God does not exist independently of us? 3. What is the difference between ''Faith'' and ''Trust''? Are they interchangible? 4. Kung says we modern Christians were converted, not by historical or critical studies, but by ''word of proclamation''. If so, they how does this differ from ''blind faith'' which he rightly criticizes? I hope Kung, or his followers, will eventually answer these questions.
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Michael Moore
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I read
Reviewed in the United States on August 9, 2010
this book thirty years ago when Kung was world wide news for being silenced by the Catholic Church. Tubingen University continued his professorship and Kung continued to write. His book on comparative religions isn''t a fast read but it is really thorough. I just finished... See more
this book thirty years ago when Kung was world wide news for being silenced by the Catholic Church. Tubingen University continued his professorship and Kung continued to write. His book on comparative religions isn''t a fast read but it is really thorough. I just finished rereading "Christian" and remembered all over why the church would kick his work out. The Catholic Church doesn''t want Kung''s version of Christianity that does not depend on power and control. Kung provides a humanist view that is hopeful and builds on the work of the second Vatican Council. Pope John the XXIIIrd haunts this book and makes me wistful for what could have been. Kung is a contemporary of the current pope and both worked together at Tubingen and both had doctoral students together. This is revealed in Kung''s second autobiography, Disputed Truths...very aptly named.
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M. L. Asselin
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A Tour de Force on the Essence of Christianity
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2006
At 602 pages of text, ON BEING A CHRISTIAN is the definition of a tome. The style is no walk in the park: even taking into account that it''s a translation from German, some of the passages are quite dense. The bottom line is, though, that it''s worth the effort.... See more
At 602 pages of text, ON BEING A CHRISTIAN is the definition of a tome. The style is no walk in the park: even taking into account that it''s a translation from German, some of the passages are quite dense. The bottom line is, though, that it''s worth the effort.

When this book first appeared in the 1970s, I hesitated to read it. Aside from the intimidating length of the work, I had the thought--if Kung is on the margins of Catholic theology, then what impact could his work have? Suffice it to say that I was neither a theologian nor a very astute young Catholic. However that may be, I was surprised to find that, except, perhaps, for matters pertaining to Church governance, Kung is hardly a leftist firebrand or a Bishop John Shelby Spong-like skeptic; Kung, essentially, is a fairly orthodox theologian, it seems to me. As a committed Catholic Christian, he''s devoted, though, to scraping away the barnacles that have adhered to the mother ship of Roman Catholicism over the past two millennia.

Kung does not shy away from the difficult issues: in the course of ON BEING A CHRISTIAN, he tackles thorny issues like Karl Rahner''s "Anonymous Christian" concept, the Resurrection, the Trinity, liberation theology, and a Christian''s response to war, among many, many problems. I was often in awe of Kung''s deft handling of these issues, but other times felt somewhat lost in the theological discourse. For instance, Kung accepts the "reality" of the Resurrection, but rejects the theological and historical necessity of the Empty Tomb. He claims that the disciples could not just have had some sort of self-realized epiphany after the death of Jesus; for the Christian movement to have taken off as it did, it must have been because the disciples of Jesus had a real experience of Jesus'' resurrection. But since Kung also rejects the notion that a Christian must accept the violation of the physical laws of the universe, is he trying to have it both ways, or is it that his argument is simply beyond me? For Kung, what is *real* about the Resurrection?

Kung''s root answer to what Christianity is about is given early on in the book: "Christianity exists only where the memory of Jesus Christ is activated in theory and practice" (p. 126). For Kung, Jesus is "in person the living, archetypal embodiment of his cause" (p. 545). One who accepts this Jesus in his or her life receives the call to be radically human. What ultimately counts in life is not accomplishments (not that accomplishments are bad), but trust (faith) in the Christ Jesus. In fact, Kung demonstrates from the opening section on "The Challenge of Modern Humanisms" throughout the course of this book, that the Christian as true humanist is the principle that underlies his concept of Christianity.

For a long time many people have encouraged me to read ON BEING A CHRISTIAN. I am heartily glad that I have finally followed their advice. I know that I will be returning to this book in the years ahead to revisit Kung''s keen insights into what being a Christian truly means. In these days, when Christianity has been degraded and sold out as a tool of politicians, this is a book whose message should be read all the more to call us to metanoia, a change of heart.
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Mary Hartjes
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On being Christian.
Reviewed in the United States on July 15, 2021
I realize that this is a used book . The product was described with good binding. When it arrived I guess it was but 1 day after using it I noticed the binding was broken down in two places. To keep this book I will probably have to have the book rebound as I need it for... See more
I realize that this is a used book . The product was described with good binding. When it arrived I guess it was but 1 day after using it I noticed the binding was broken down in two places. To keep this book I will probably have to have the book rebound as I need it for my studies.
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William Powers
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This book was terrific when it came out a loooooooong time ago
Reviewed in the United States on January 7, 2015
This book was terrific when it came out a loooooooong time ago; and it''s still a classic for Catholic--and other Christian--reading. Amazon should be commended for making it available today.
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J. Frandsen
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Very Detailed
Reviewed in the United States on January 5, 2013
This book met, and exceeded, my expectations.

Kung has dug deep and shares new viewpoints that I''d never contemplated. No wonder author Brennan Manning was so gung- go about this book compared to the theology presented in other tomes.
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nightflyer2281
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2017
Kung is always thoughtful
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r willmann
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Renewed Faith
Reviewed in the United States on November 3, 2017
Incredible depth to feed a hunger after twenty five years of ordained service.
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Geraldine Mac
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Abook to get your teeth into
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 19, 2013
I did not find this an easy read. It includes a lot of theological, philosophical, humanistic etc detail that was completely above my understanding or interest, BUT I read much of it especially the historical details behind Jesus of Nazareth and the people of the early...See more
I did not find this an easy read. It includes a lot of theological, philosophical, humanistic etc detail that was completely above my understanding or interest, BUT I read much of it especially the historical details behind Jesus of Nazareth and the people of the early Christian church. I understand Kung''s view to be that how one behaves is the criterion of Christianity and being a Christian does not necessarily mean being a member of any particualr denomination or church today. You may be the sort of person who replies " well I have always thought that anyway" but the detailed considerations of what exactly IS Christian behaviour made me think and this author whom i have often judged as an angry academic came across in parts as a very spiritual person after all. If you find yourself questioning either your own beliefs or those of others and are prepared for a pretty academic read and are able to just skim those parts which are above you or in which you have no interest, then I can whole heartedly recommend this book. I actually began reading it as a library book, but realised that I needed to live with it, go back in to it. I may have to order another copy, since I have worn this paper back edition to pieces and will be reading and re-reading it for a long time yet.
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Marcolorenzo
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Excellent but not for beginners
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 27, 2014
Excellent Opus Magnus, discusses numerous complicated issues of Christianity in a very equilibrated but often controversial manner. Not for beginners, especially for readers without a very good basis in Christology. Kung''s views of Christ are controversial on many points....See more
Excellent Opus Magnus, discusses numerous complicated issues of Christianity in a very equilibrated but often controversial manner. Not for beginners, especially for readers without a very good basis in Christology. Kung''s views of Christ are controversial on many points. His views on the unbelieveable events described in the Bible are given very common sense discussions. "Many things did not happen as they are described in the Bible and many things did not happen at all", he says. His ideas on Church renewal for our times are noteable and well thought out. His discussion on the relativity of morality and on an absolute standard for ethics is on the mark. Highly recommended.
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enchantment
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a must read for everyone interested in the faith
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 25, 2013
A challenge on every page. Kung probably the best known Catholic theologian of our times (along with Rahner) writes to everyone in and out of the Church> A book for atheists and believers of every hue. A big book but truly worth spending the time with it.
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Nigel B
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A Great Classic
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 29, 2014
Fantastic book which has stood the test of time. It is so full of information that whenever one picks it up one finds something new to provoke thought.
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John E P Martin
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Its hard to think Hans Kung wasn''t English!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 1, 2013
You will need a Thesaurus next to you when you read this. The book is old but the text is still relevant to today. Just read it...
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