By Luke Timothy Johnson
The query of Christianity’s relation to the opposite religions of the realm is extra pertinent and hard at the present time than ever sooner than. whereas Christianity’s ancient failure to understand or actively interact Judaism is infamous, Christianity’s much more shoddy list with appreciate to “pagan” religions is much less understood. Christians have inherited an almost unanimous theological culture that thinks of paganism by way of demonic ownership, and of Christian missions as a rescue operation that saves pagans from inherently evil practices.
In venture this clean inquiry into early Christianity and Greco-Roman paganism, Luke Timothy Johnson starts off with a huge definition of faith as a lifestyle prepared round convictions and stories relating final strength. within the culture of William James’s Variety of non secular Experience, he identifies 4 distinctive methods of being spiritual: faith as participation in advantages, as ethical transformation, as transcending the realm, and as stabilizing the realm. utilizing those standards because the foundation for his exploration of Christianity and paganism, Johnson unearths a number of issues of similarity in non secular sensibility.
Christianity’s failure to accurately come to grips with its first pagan acquaintances, Johnson asserts, inhibits any attempt to interact absolutely with adherents of assorted international religions. This considerate and passionate examine may also help holiday down the partitions among Christianity and different spiritual traditions.
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