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My struggle for freedom : memoirs

Author: Hans Küng
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : William B. Eerdmans Pub. Co. : Ottawa : Novalis, 2003.
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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 a 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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Hans Küng; Hans Küng; Hans Küng
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Hans Küng
ISBN: 0802826598 9780802826596
OCLC Number: 53076809
Notes: First volume of memoirs, of which the second is: Disputed truth. New York : Continuum, 2008.
Description: xviii, 478 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Roots of freedom --
Education for freedom? --
Breakthrough to freedom of conscience --
The freedom of a Christian --
The church sets out for freedom --
The struggle for the freedom of theology --
The struggle for the freedom of the council --
Power against freedom --
A relapse into the old lack of freedom?
Other Titles: Erkämpfte Freiheit.
Responsibility: Hans Küng ; translated by John Bowden.

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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 a 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 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 Rahmer, and journeys around the world. 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."--BOOK JACKET.

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