Honest and unflinching, Without Buddha I Could not be a Christian narrates how esteemed theologian, Paul F. Knitter overcame a crisis of faith by looking to Buddhism for inspiration. From prayer to how Christianity views life after death, Knitter argues that a Buddhist standpoint can encourage 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.
Paul F. Knitter is Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, Union Theological Seminar, New York. A leading advocate of religious pluralism, he is author of over ten books on the subject.
“A compelling example of religious inquiry.” New York Times
“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.” Library Journal
“This is a fascinating book … accessible to anyone in the pew, not without a touch of quiet humour … a book to be read and reflected upon.” Journal of Theological Reflection
“Radiates wisdom and warmth. Is it possible to become more fully Christian by taking most seriously the Buddhist path — becoming Buddhist in order to live more fully the Christian life? Agree or not with Paul’s answer, we can be most grateful to him for pressing the question and making so very clear the possibilities and risks along the way.” Francis X. Clooney, Professor of Divinity and Professor of Comparative Theology, Harvard Divinity School, Harvard University
“A moving story of one man’s quest for truth, this is also a ground-breaking work of inter-religious dialogue, comparative theology and social ethics… the rarest combination of theological acumen, humility and humor. A must read for anyone who wants to renew their faith and rediscover their humanity in intimate dialogue with the faiths of others.” John Makransky, Associate Professor of Theology, Boston College and author of ‘Awakening Through Love: A Buddhist guide for Unveiling Deepest Goodness’