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By Corneliu C. Simut

The book presents the transition from traditionalism to modernism in connection to 2 of Küng’s most vital books on ecclesiology: Structures 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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It is not worth getting into details at this point if Küng does not do it himself, but if this reasoning is correct then apostolicity means that all local churches today as part of the true church of Christ19 must promote the teachings and morals of the apostles. Such an interpretation would obviously support what Küng has already said about the other signs of the church because, taken on its own, each sign is strongly connected to the person and work of Christ. 20 In this respect, the only way for the church of Christ, 21 which lived in history after Christ, to hear about Christ is by means of the teachings of the apostles that, as mentioned before, do presuppose the examples of their moral lives.

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 church can discern the true Spirit of God and consequently distinguish it from the spirit of man because the Spirit of God is always the Spirit of Christ. 52 Christ is the key to the correct understanding of the church and to its holiness. 54 The church must never confound the Spirit of God with the spirit of man. Küng is aware that this is a real danger because the fallen nature of believers and the very existence of the church within this universe that is fatally f lawed by sin can easily lead to dangerous confusions.

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