on 28 November 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. 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.
on 19 April 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 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.