Hindu God, Christian God: How Reason Helps Break down the Boundaries Between Religions / Edition 1

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This volume offers an in-depth study of key themes common to the Hindu and Christian religious traditions. It redefines how we think about Hinduism, comparative study, and Christian theology. This book offers a bold new look at how traditions encounter one another, and how good comparisons are to be made. Redefining theology as an interreligious, comparative, dialogical, and confessional practice open to all people, it invites not only Hindus and Christians, but also theologians from all religious traditions, to enter into conversation with one another.

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"It is no longer acceptable for theologians to criticize other religions or to think their own religion superior unless and until they have engaged in true dialogue (which means learning the necessary languages and texts, etc.). Clooney's work thus argues for and exemplifies a new kind of multireligious theological conversation."— The Journal of Religion

"a thought-provoking and deeply researched book that all Indologists, philosophers of religion, and Christian theologians will benefit from reading."

— Philosophy East & West

"This is a wonderfully concieved and well-written book . A model of an emerging theology which is interreligious, comparative, dialogical, and confessional at the same time."

— Vidyajyoti Journal of Theological Reflection

"Thinkers within one religious tradition hone their work through appreciation for and opposition to views of major predecessors in that tradition. Francis Clooney demonstrates that Christian faith genuinely seeking understanding can and must widen this circle of formative dialogue to include figures in other religions as models and critics. Even when they were not speaking to each other, the Hindu and Christian theologians Clooney matches have a great deal to say to each other, precisely because they share the medium of rational argument, argument for God and about God. They emerge as collaborators, yet undiminished in their distinct identities. No other book so powerfully presents comparative study as integral to the healthy internal life of a religious tradition."

—S. Mark Heim, Andover Newton Theological Seminary

"Distinguished by its admirably close attention to textual detail, Hindu God, Christian God is an exemplary contribution to comparative theology. It will be essential reading for courses in comparative theology."—Keith Ward, Oxford University "Francis X. Clooney's new book takes a major step forward in developing a lucid presentation and close analysis of reasoning about topics common to much theistic thought. Clooney exemplifies his own interpretation of theology as both the affirmation of a particular faith tradition, and the mutual understanding (and possible agreement) of theologians in very different traditions. The book's compelling climax urges both Christian and Hindu theologians to join him in conducting scholarly comparison as interreligious dialogue."

—John B. Carman, Harvard University, Emeritus

"Francis Clooney's Hindu God, Christian God—which embodies disciplined scholarship, a strong faith commitment that is tempered by deep devotion to reason, and radical openness to theological conversation across religious boundaries—brings a breath of theological fresh air.... Clooney traverses the Hindu and Christian textual and theological terrains with equal ease, remarkable skill, keen sensitivity, and admirable sophistication. His command of the intricate nuances of both Hindu and Christian theologies impressively shines throughout the work."

—Journal of the American Academy of Religion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195138542
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Lexile: 1530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Francis X. Clooney, S.J., is a Catholic priest and member of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). He is Parkman Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology at Harvard Divinity School and was the first president of the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies.

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Table of Contents

1 Widening the Theological Conversation in Today's Pluralistic Context 3
2 Arguing the Existence of God: From the World to Its Maker 29
3 Debating God's Identity 62
4 Making Sense of Divine Embodiment 94
5 How Revelation Matters in the Assessment of Religions 129
6 Faithful and Reasonable Theology in a Pluralistic World 163
App. I List of Theologians 197
App. II: Note on the Translations and Pronunciation 199
Bibliography 201
Index 207
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