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My Struggle for Freedom: A Memoir Paperback – 1 Jan 2005

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  • Paperback: 532 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing plc; New edition edition (1 Jan. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826476384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826476388
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.7 x 594.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,588,184 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Kung's autobiography is an honest exposure of the politics of the Catholic Church, the foibles of recent popes, and the internal workings of the powerful Curia in Rome.'

'...#252;ng constantly demonstrates precisely why he has to disagree with officialdom.'--, "Church Times "

'...A splendid book, packed with theological insights, as Kung constantly demonstrates precisely why he has to disagree with officialdom.'--Sanford Lakoff "Church Times "

'Fans of Hans Kung who have not yet seen this important book will no doubt want to...Controversial, vigorous, courageous, always thoughtful, exciting, an elder stateman, friend of presidents, prime ministers and governments...Kung was one of Kofi Anna's 'Group of eminent persons'....The man and the theology aer bound togther with passon and excitment...The end result will be rewarding.' David Tennant, Baptist Times, 15 June 2006--Sanford Lakoff "Baptist Times "

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Hans Kung is undoubtedly one of the most important theologians of our time, but he has always been a controversial figure, and as the result of a much-publicized clash over papal infallibility had his permission to teach revoked by the Vatican. Yet at seventy-five years of age Kung is also something of a senior statesman, one of the -Group of Eminent Persons convened by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan and a friend of heads of government like Britain's Tony Blair and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.

In this fascinating autobiography Kung gives a frank and outspoken account of the first four decades of his life. He tells of his youth in Switzerland and his decision to become a priest, of his doubts and struggles as he studied in Rome and Paris, and of his experiences as a professor in Tubingen, where he received a chair at the early age of thirty-one. Most importantly, as one of the last surviving eyewitnesses of Vatican II, Kung gives an authentic account of the conflicts behind the scenes. Here it becomes clear just how major an influence he was, to the point of shaping the Council's agenda and drafting speeches for bishops to deliver in plenary sessions.

Kung's book offers an acute analysis, compelling in its drama, of meetings with presidents like John F. Kennedy, popes like John XXIII and Paul VI, great theologians like Karl Barth and Karl Rahner, and journeys around the world. With its rich thought and vivid narrative, it paints a moving picture of Kung's personal convictions, including his relentless struggle for a Christianity characterized not by the domination of an official church but by Jesus. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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