Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian / Edition 2

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Being a Christian isn't easy. Sustaining your belief throughout your life is a rare accomplishment. Indeed, central to the Christian condition is reflection on one's faith. In this landmark work, well-known theologian Paul Knitter explains how he looked to Buddhism to overcome a crisis of faith, becoming a stronger and more committed Christian in the process.

Honest and unflinching, Without Buddha I Could not be a Christian is a moving story of one man's quest for truth and spiritual authenticity. From the nature of prayer to Christian views on life after death, Knitter demonstrates how Buddhist perspectives can inspire a more person-centred and socially engaged understanding of Christianity. With a renewed emphasis on religious experience above rigid dogma and ritual, an enlivened Christianity can result, with beneficial consequences for worship, social action, and engagement with the Christian tradition.

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Editorial Reviews

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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: 295,473
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul F. Knitter is the Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York.
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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2015

    A brilliant insight. Thanks Prof Knitter for expressing your per

    A brilliant insight. Thanks Prof Knitter for expressing your personal experience that could greatly help a lot of people, including me, to enhance our faith in belief in a fresh new perspective. Would highly recommend read, for both Chirstians and Buddhists or any other religiions.

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