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By Hans Küng

An foreign bestseller via one in all this century's so much popular theologians, On Being a Christian is a piece of exhaustive scholarship, born of the author's passionate trust in Jesus Christ because the middle of lifestyles. Hans Kung right here assesses the effect of alternative international religions, humanism, technology, expertise, and political revolutions; and sifting throughout the theological controversies in the Christian neighborhood itself, he affirms the energy and area of expertise of Christianity by means of tracing it again to its roots -- the truth of the old Christ.

But greater than background or theology, On Being a Christian reexamines what it capability to be a Christian at the present time: the position of Christian ethics in a social and political context, the connection among Christians and Jews, the association of a neighborhood of believers, and sensible feedback for facing own crises of religion. This photograph Books variation will succeed in even greater segments of the inhabitants for whom the ebook used to be written. Kung defines his viewers as these: who don't believe, yet however heavily inquire; who did think, yet aren't chuffed with their unbelief; who do think, yet consider insecure of their religion; who're at a loss, among trust and unbelief; who're skeptical, either approximately their convictions and approximately their doubts; who're Christians and atheists, Gnostics and agnostics, pietists and positivists, lukewarm and zealous Catholics, Protestants, and Orthodox.

A landmark paintings, for either students and informed laity, On Being a Christian has develop into a small "Summa" of the Christian religion. "This isn't really one other gospel," Kung contends, "but a similar historical gospel rediscovered for today!"

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31 What is regarded even by convinced socialists as the real original sin is the glorification of the party identified with the state and its oligarchic leadership and-linked with this-the ontologizing and dogmatizing of Marxist doctrine. This orthodox commu­ nism now indicted as Stalinism-for which Lenin shares responsibility­ and the imperialistic policy toward the socialist "brother nations" reveal a highly organized system of domination by men over men, which has noth­ ing to do with a humanistic socialism, and a suppression of freedom of thought, speech and action, from Magdeburg to Vladivostok, which is un­ paralleled in world history: totalitarian, bureaucratic, state-capitalist dicta­ torship at home; nationalistic imperialism abroad.

The hope is not to be abandoned therefore of a meta-technological soci­ ety, of a new synthesis between controlled technical progress and a human existence freed from the constraints of progress : a more human form of work, more closeness to nature, a more balanced social structure and the satisfaction also of non-material needs, of those human values, that is, which alone make life worth living and yet cannot be expressed in mone­ tary terms. In any case mankind is fully responsible for its own future.

The End of the Technical Age; No Place for Man. Programmed Suicide; Earth: Candidate for Death. 21 For some the oil crisis of 1973, with all its political and economic consequences, finally confirmed their worst fears and showed how easily the whole economic­ social system of the West can be shaken both on a large and on a small scale and how rapidly the end of the affluent society may come. The Neo-Marxist social criticism of these conditions-in particular the "critical theory" of the Frankfurt School (T.

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