The freedom of the Christian
I recently found a great buy in a Tübingen second hand book shop. I always head to the theology section of course, and looking through the Küng books I found one that I not only don’t have, but also carried the famous theologians signature too - all for 8€ which makes me a happy man!
The book in question is one of Küng’s forgotten gems: Freiheit des Christen. In this little volume Küng presses the connection – even the identity – of freedom and being a Christian.
Freedom is a subject that has been exercising and fascinating me much this week, not least because of this little book. To be honest, I feel I have a lot to learn about freedom and the meaning of such passages as the following:
- ‘... the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and will obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God’ (Rom 8:21)
- ‘Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom’ (2 Cor 3:17)
- ‘For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery’ (Gal 5:1)
- ‘As servants1 of God, live as free people, yet do not use your freedom as a pretext for evil’ (1 Pet 2:16)