For Catholic theologian Hans Küng**, religion has again become a power factor. While Islam and Buddhism are getting more popular, Christianity isn’t. The controversial theologian spoke to DW-WORLD.DE about the reasons.
Born in 1928, Catholic theologian and church critic Hans Küng made his mark as a promoter of dialogue between religions and as president of the Global Ethic Foundation. In 1979, the Vatican withdrew his license to teach after the Swiss native questioned the infallibility of the pope. In the fall of 2005, Pope Benedict XVI invited Küng to a private meeting.
**“No peace among the nations, without peace between the religions! No peace between the religions without dialog between the religions!” Those are two central sentences of your World Ethic principle. In a time of globalization, there are many undreamed-of possibilities for communication on the Internet. The access to knowledge is easier than ever before. Can this development improve the dialog of religions?
** In principle, I would say yes, even though this brings many problems. It’s a positive thing that today we can know a lot about other religions. A different question, of course, is whether we do want to be in the know. There are people who don’t – they already know everything, without studying the Islam.
Who doesn’t want to know?
For one, the fundamental Christians who take everything the Bible says literally and say they don’t need any other religions. Then there are the very secular people, dogmatists of laicism. They get worked up simply when the word religion is mentioned, and they think that we should not talk about it in schools. They have issues with the fact that religion, again, is a powerful factor in world history.