Between Yesterday and Tomorrow
Bloomsbury Academic, Paperback, 9780826408198, 782pp.
Publication Date: April 1, 1995
Swiss-German theologian Kung planned this massive synthesis of Christian history and systematic theology as a sequel to his On Being Christian (1976) and as a companion to Judaism (Crossroad, 1992). Ever the Catholic Church's "faithful critic," Kung displays a dazzling breadth of scholarship. Professor of ecumenical theology at the University of Tubingen, he bases his approach on five historical paradigm shifts: Jewish apocalyptic Christianity, early church ecumenism, the Roman system in the medieval papal church, the Reformation, and modern democracy. He notes dominant influences in each, presenting his convictions on the essence of Christianity and moving toward a polycentrism where Orthodox, Catholic, and evangelical traditions are not mutually exclusive. Over 30 diagrams and many stimulating "questions for the future" sidebars are included. Not all readers will accept the views of this Vatican II peritus (nor did the Vatican in 1973). But the work is a remarkable achievement for a church always in need of reform and reformers. Recommended for all theology collections.
About the Author
Hans Kung, a leading Roman Catholic theologian and priest, is president of the Global Ethic Foundation and emeritus professor of ecumenical theology at Tubingen University in Germany. He is author of many books, including Global Responsibility: In Search of a New World Ethic and Yes to a Global Ethic, and coauthor of How to Do Good & Avoid Evil: A Global Ethic from the Sources of Judaism.