The power of religion –rather than civilisation– as a central element of many contemporary conflicts (as predicted by British historian Arnold Toynbee); and the challenge of a possible global code of ethics, a minimum of shared values, measures and attitudes, binding for all humankind, are the two cornerstones of an article which synthetically summarises some of the most important contributions of Hans Küng, one of the most internationally recognised Catholic theologians.

This article forms part of issue 23-24 of the IDEES magazine, “Reviewing Huntington and the clash of civilisations”, published in print format between July and December 2004. The PDF article is available to download in Catalan below.


Hans Küng

Hans Küng és teòleg i un dels pensadors destacats del segle XX. Va cursar estudis de filosofia i teologia a Roma y París, es va dedicar a activitats pastorals i a partir de 1960 va ser Catedràtic de teologia ecumènica a la universitat de Tübingen. Els seus estudis sobre les religions del món van culminar amb la creació de la Fundació per a l’Ètica Mundial, de la qual n'és president d’honor. De la seva extensa obra cal destacar Structures of the Church (1966), Infallible? An Inquiry (1971), Does God Exist? An Answer for Today (1980), Reforming the Church Today. Keeping Hope Alive (1991), Yes to a Global Ethic (1996), A Global Ethic for Global Politics and Economics (1997) i Women in Christianity (2002).