Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian / Edition 2

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Being a Christian isn’t easy. Sustaining belief without any doubts for one’s entire life is a very rare accomplishment. Indeed, many would say that examining one’s faith at least once is a central part of the Christian condition. In this landmark work, esteemed theologian Paul Knitter explains the unique path that he took to overcome his doubts, becoming a stronger Christian in the process.

Honest and unflinching, Without Buddha I Could not be a Christian narrates each common spiritual dilemma that Knitter has struggled with and explains how a Buddhist worldview has allowed him to resolve each one. From the ‘petitioning’ nature of Christian prayer to how Christianity views life after death, Knitter argues that a Buddhist standpoint can help inspire a more person-centred conception of Christianity, where individual religious experience comes first, and liturgy and tradition second. Moving and revolutionary, this book will inspire Christians everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Knitter (theology, Union Theological Seminary; No Other Name?: A Critical Survey of Christian Attitudes Toward the World Religions) presents his most courageous and profound book yet. Although his explorations of Buddhist ideas have led him, by his own admission, toward the outer perimeters of Christian belief, Knitter has by their light gradually distanced himself from the false supernaturalism of Jesus as God in a man suit and from an overliteral reading of the resurrection. VERDICT Knitter's rich book should be a source of fascination and guidance for seekers of all sorts. One of the finest contemporary books on the encounter between religions in the heart and soul of a single thoughtful person.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781851686735
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 7/16/2009
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 452,044
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul F. Knitter is Professor of Theology, Union Theological Seminar, New York. A leading advocate of religious pluralism, he is author of over ten books on the subject.
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Table of Contents

Preface: Am I Still a Christian?

1 Nirvana and God the Transcendent Other 1

2 Nirvana and God the Personal Other 24

3 Nirvana and God the Mysterious Other 53

4 Nirvana and Heaven 74

5 Jesus the Christ and Gautama the Buddha 92

6 Prayer and Meditation 131

7 Making Peace and Being Peace 167

Conclusion: Promiscuity or Hybridity? 213

Glossary 218

Sources and Resources 222

Index 234

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  • Posted November 17, 2011

    I like it

    I enjoyed this book. I will probably read it again in a few months. Some people I know who consider themselves theologians saw me reading it and didn't take the book very seriously. One said he'd heard the author was too irreverent toward Christian traditions. But if you're someone like me who doesn't care all that much about traditions or defending them, you'll be free to enjoy the journey this book provides. Ironically, after reading this book I found myself more interested in Christian traditions. Now when I go to church I don't necessarily think the liturgies, hymn texts, etc., sound so ridiculous. I see them as someone's attempt to describe the indescribable. As a result it's easier to focus on the indescribable and not on the attempts to describe it.

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