Great Christian Thinkers

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"[S]olidly researched, informative description and evaluation of seven monumental Christian thinkers groupedand related incisively by a brilliant contemporary theological mind. A treat not to be missed." -National Catholic Reporter"[A]s insightful as it is penetrating. The essays can indeed serve as introductions in and of themselves, each with a short biigraphy, a delineation of the theological positions held, and a concluding assessment of what lies ahead." -Anglican Theological Review

Kung assesses the teachings and writings of the men whom he deems to be the greatest Christian thinkers of the past two millennia, discussing the significance of each thinker's work and life, and showing how he affected the trajectory of Christian thought, and indeed, of Christian civilization. Includes works by Karl Barth, Thomas Aquinas, Saint Paul, Martin Luther, and others.

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Editorial Reviews

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Kng, the director of the Institute for Ecumenical Research in Tbingen, Germany, is a prominent but independent Catholic theologian and prolific author. Here, he attempts a new approach to the introduction-to-theology genre by critically tracing the developing thought of key, usually ``paradigm-shifting,'' theologians (Paul, Origen, Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Schleiermacher, and Karl Barth) in relation to their social, intellectual, and religious environment. He explores the significance of their life and work for the Christian world in an interesting, quite understandable manner. The translation is a smooth, lively English. Readers of this fair and thought-provoking survey, whether curious lay readers or beginning seminary students, will be inspired to delve into the well-chosen chapter bibliographies and extensive references.-Eugene O. Bowser, Univ. of Northern Colorado, Greeley
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826408488
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 5/1/1994
  • Pages: 236
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Hans Kung is Emeritus Professor of Ecumenical Theology at the University of Tubingen and President of the Global Ethic Foundation. He is the author of numerous best selling books including On Being a Christian (Harper Collins).

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Table of Contents

A Brief Introduction to Theology 11
I Paul: Christianity becomes a World Religion 15
II Origen: The Great Synthesis of Antiquity and the Christian Spirit 41
III Augustine: The Father of All Western Latin Theology 69
IV Thomas Aquinas: University Science and Papal Court Theology 99
V Martin Luther: Return to the Gospel as the Classical Instance of a Paradigm Shift 127
VI Friedrich Schleiermacher: Theology at the Dawn of Modernity 155
VII Karl Barth: Theology in the Transition to Postmodernity 185
Epilogue: Guidelines for a Contemporary Theology 213
Bibliography and Notes 217
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