Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian

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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 ...

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Overview


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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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: 9781851689637
  • Publisher: Oneworld Publications
  • Publication date: 1/22/2013
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 147,398
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    A very nice good book to read. I really like the book and read i

    A very nice good book to read. I really like the book and read it over and over again. I have bought 8 copies and gave the books as gifts to my friends. The interesting points that I like from the book, and this has made the book very unique and interesting, is the idea in the book could help to enhance faith- regardless of whether to Christians or Buddhists. As a matter of fact, I have used the book to convince one of my Christian friends who had doubt on his Christian belief to go back to his own Christian belief. Thanks Mr. Knitter for bringing us such a nice reading.

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