Bishop John Shelby Spong ~ June 16, 1931 – September 12, 2021
Bishop Spong provided a much needed place for those of us who did not connect with traditional theology. We love you Bishop Spong. You will be missed! Funeral services will be held at St. Peter’s, Morristown, NJ and at St. Paul’s, Richmond, VA. Dates and times will be announced as soon as they are available

    • Paul Knitter
    • BiographyEducation ExperiencePublicationsCoursesHi-Res PhotoContact PAUL F. KNITTER Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture Paul F. Knitter, who joined the Union faculty in January 2007, is a leading theologian of religious pluralism. He holds a licentiate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome (1966) and a doctorate from the University of Marburg, Germany (1972). Knitter's journey into interfaith dialogue began in 1964 when he was a seminarian in Rome and experienced the Second Vatican Council firsthand, at a time when the Roman Catholic Church declared its new attitude towards other religions.Dr. Knitter is Professor Emeritus of Theology at Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, where he taught for 28 years before coming to Union. He serves on the Board of the International, Interreligious Peace Council, formed after the 1993 World Parliament of Religions to promote interreligious peace-making projects.Most of Dr. Knitter's research and publications have dealt with religious pluralism and interreligious dialogue. Since his ground-breaking 1985 book, No Other Name?, he has been exploring how the religious communities of the world can cooperate in promoting human and ecological well-being. This is the topic of One Earth Many Religions: Multifaith Dialogue and Global Responsibility (1995) and Jesus and the Other Names: Christian Mission and Global Responsibility (1996), and his critical survey of Christian approaches to other religions: Introducing Theologies of Religions (Orbis Books, 2002). In 2005, Knitter edited a multifaith exploration titled The Myth of Religious Superiority (Orbis Books). His current writing project, scheduled for publication in early 2009, is Without Buddha I Could Not Be A Christian: A Personal Journey of Passing Over and Passing Back.

Paul Knitter on John Hick

Paul F. Knitter on his experience of John Hick.

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Without Buddha I Could Not Be A Christian

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.

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