By Corneliu C. Simut

ISBN-10: 023061339X

ISBN-13: 9780230613393

ISBN-10: 1349372889

ISBN-13: 9781349372881

The book presents the transition from traditionalism to modernism in connection to 2 of Küng's most vital books on ecclesiology: constructions of the Church (1962) as representing Küng's conventional theology, and On Being a Christian (1974) as a mirrored image of his glossy method of Christianity.

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40 The church cannot be moral and holy without the Holy Spirit41 and in order to explain this more clearly, Küng resumes once again his discussion about the essential importance of the Holy Spirit in conveying authority to the church. The Authority of the Holy Spirit At this point, it should be noted that the holiness of the church is ultimately a matter of authority. The final authority as far as the ontology of the church is concerned is God in his Trinitarian existence. The authority of God, however, is manifested in Christ42 because the Gospel of Christ is the very aspect that drives the church to its mission and also offers a solid basis, as well as a justification, for its existence.

The Roman-Catholic Church should also put aside its claims of power in secular matters as well as all the teachings that are not in accordance with the doctrines of the apostolic church. The task of constantly being vigilant in order to clearly assess whether the church nowadays stays in line with the church of the apostles is the duty not only of Catholic theologians but also of their Protestant 38 ● Hans Küng’s Ecclesiology colleagues. Both Catholics and Protestants must be permanently aware of the situation of their churches because taking a different stand from that of apostolic teaching and practice is not difficult at all.

Moreover, the church cannot exist without the authority of the Holy Spirit. This means that the church is not able to achieve its goals in spreading the Gospel if the Spirit does not guide it. 45 The church is holy because it must take the message of Christ, which is fundamentally soteriological, to the entire world. 47 In order to be able to carry the message of salvation to the whole world, the church must be holy but its holiness does not reside in its historical and natural capacities but in its transcendent and supernatural grace 48 of the being of God.

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