The Catholic Church: A Short History

The Catholic Church: A Short History

Paperback Modern Library Chronicles

By (author) Hans Küng

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  • Publisher: Modern Library
  • Format: Paperback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 201mm x 15mm | 204g
  • Publication date: 7 January 2003
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0812967623
  • ISBN 13: 9780812967623
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 156,664

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In this extraordinary book, the controversial and profoundly influential Hans Küng chronicles the Roman Catholic Church’s role as a world power throughout history. Along the way, he examines the great schisms—between East and West, and Catholic and Protestant—as well as the evolving role of the papacy, the stories of the great reforming popes, and the expansion of a global church infrastructure. The book concludes with a searching assessment of how the Catholic faith will confront the immense challenges posed in the new millennium by those seeking reform of traditional strictures.

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Hans Kung obtained a doctorate in theology from the Sorbonne in 1957. In 1962 he was named a theological consultant for the Second Vatican Council by Pope John XXIII, and he played a major role in the writing of the documents of Vatican II, which radically modernized key areas of Catholic teaching. The author of many books, he lives and teaches in Tubingen, Germany.

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"This much-needed book tells the truth about the Catholic past for the sake of the church's future." --James Carroll "Hans Kung has done more to shape contemporary Catholic hope than anyone else, and with "The Catholic Church "he does it again." --James Carroll, author of "Constantine's Sword" "One of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century, Hans Kung . . . is one of the world's great mavericks. . . . Indeed, he was once called 'the greatest threat to the Catholic Church since Martin Luther.'" --"The Independent" (London) "A well-told, sweeping, and often incisive portrait." --"Kirkus Reviews "

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In this extraordinary book, the controversial and profoundly influential Hans Kung chronicles the Roman Catholic Church's role as a world power throughout history. Along the way, he examines the great schisms--between East and West, and Catholic and Protestant--as well as the evolving role of the papacy, the stories of the great reforming popes, and the expansion of a global church infrastructure. The book concludes with a searching assessment of how the Catholic faith will confront the immense challenges posed in the new millennium by those seeking reform of traditional strictures.