By Corneliu C. Simut
The book presents the transition from traditionalism to modernism in connection to 2 of Küng's most crucial books on ecclesiology: buildings of the Church (1962) as representing Küng's conventional theology, and On Being a Christian (1974) as a mirrored image of his smooth method of Christianity.
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Extra resources for A Critical Study of Hans Kung’s Ecclesiology: From Traditionalism to Modernism
51 The logical conclusion, which he stresses quite emphatically, is that the Holy Spirit cannot be equaled in any way by any other spirit that is obviously of human origin. In other words, the church is led from and has its authority from above, not from within humankind. When it comes to the authority of the church, its holiness is shown in the fact that it is guided by the Spirit of God, not by the spirit of man. Human intelligence and experience have nothing to do with the final authority of the church.
The church is not holy by virtue of a morality of sinful men, which they have acquired by and through themselves. 19 The church is what it is because of God. The God of the Church, however, is Trinitarian, and this reality should be ref lected in the lives of all Christians. In other words, the work of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit should enter the realm of history in order to transform the individual life of every Christian believer and consequently of the whole world. 20 Personal and Communitarian Morality Küng stresses that there is also an immanent dimension of church holiness and this is referred to as the quality of believers themselves to be holy.
23 Thus, the apostolic succession is not only historical but also dogmatic. 24 In this respect, apostolicity should be reflected within the whole church and in the multiplicity of its members. 25 This, however, is not only the present state of apostolicity but also its past and future condition. The church has been apostolic since its beginnings and must remain so if it is to stay the church of Christ. 26 Apostolicity must have characterized the church since the moment of its historical start and will continue to be a feature of the church forever.