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: constructions 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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The church is indeed holy but not because its members are holy in some way. In other words, the church cannot be holy because of the morality of believers. For Küng, the holiness of the church should be understood theologically, Christologically,14 and pneumatologically. The church is holy because of its fundamental connection to God, in Christ, through the Spirit. 18 So, one can speak of a transcendent dimension of church holiness that is always connected to the Trinitarian being of God. Küng is convinced that the holiness of the church can be understood only in terms of the Holy Spirit.
So, the church should permanently be 39 and always is the Temple wherein dwells the Holy Spirit . . 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 Spirit of Jesus Christ can indeed be mistaken for the spirit of man. When this happens, human thoughts are held to be inspirations of the Holy Spirit, human ways are held to be His ways. It may occur then, and it does so time and again, that some enraptured “Illuminated One” believes himself moved by the Holy Spirit while in reality he is hearing nothing but the vocal manifestations of his own spirit. It is possible that even a church dignitary, particularly 32 ● Hans Küng’s Ecclesiology prone to that kind of temptation and danger, may consider his human impulses, thoughts, wishes, and dictates to be those of the Holy Spirit.
A Critical Study of Hans Kung’s Ecclesiology: From Traditionalism to Modernism by Corneliu C. Simut