My Struggle for Freedom: Memoirs

My Struggle for Freedom: Memoirs

by Hans Kung
     
 

My Struggle for Freedom is the long-awaited autobiography by one of the most important theologians of our time. Hans Kung, author of such monumental books as The Catholic Church and On Being a Christian, here takes readers through the first four decades of his fascinating life.

Kung's book offers a compelling account of his journeys around the

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My Struggle for Freedom is the long-awaited autobiography by one of the most important theologians of our time. Hans Kung, author of such monumental books as The Catholic Church and On Being a Christian, here takes readers through the first four decades of his fascinating life.

Kung's book offers a compelling account of his journeys around the world and of his meetings with presidents like John F. Kennedy, with popes like John XXIII and Paul VI, and with great theologians like Karl Barth and Karl Rahner. With its rich thought and vivid narrative, this autobiography depicts Kung's formative years and—the famous theme of his life—his struggle for a Christianity characterized not by the domination of an official church but by Jesus.

Beginning with his childhood and youth in Switzerland, Kung describes his elite education at the papal Collegium Germanicum. In revealing detail he discusses the strict regimentation and repression of the Roman system and his ensuing conflicts with the Catholic Church. Kung also openly shares his experience of the event that stamped his career—the Vatican's withdrawal in 1979 of his ecclesiastical teaching permission because he opposed the Catholic doctrine of papal infallibility.

Also of great interest is the book's description of the Second Vatican Council, where Kung served as a young theological advisor. As one of the last surviving eyewitnesses of Vatican II, Kung here gives an authentic account of the conflicts behind the scenes. Thus this book is much more than the self-portrait of a giant of Christian thought. Tightly woven with many of the most significant movements and moments in twentieth-century Christian history, Kung's life story provides a valuable window into the developments of contemporary theology and church life around the world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802826596
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/14/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
478
Product dimensions:
6.48(w) x 9.54(h) x 1.19(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements for Illustrations
Why I am Telling the Story of My Life1
IRoots of Freedom4
IIEducation for Freedom?42
IIIBreakthrough to Freedom of Conscience71
IVThe Freedom of a Christian115
VThe Church Sets Out for Freedom161
VIThe Struggle for the Freedom of Theology208
VIIThe Struggle for the Freedom of the Council268
VIIIPower against Freedom329
IXA Relapse into the Old Lack of Freedom?400
Select Bibliography of Hans Kung's Books in English464
Index of Names465

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