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Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian
     

Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian

by Paul F. Knitter
 

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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 F. Knitter explains the unique path that he took to overcome his doubts

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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 F. 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 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 edition comes with a new postscript in which Professor Knitter reflects on and re-evaluates his position as a double-belonger.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781851689637
Publisher:
Oneworld Publications
Publication date:
01/22/2013
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
264
Sales rank:
183,429
Product dimensions:
5.13(w) x 7.88(h) x (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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