By Luke Timothy Johnson
The query of Christianity’s relation to the opposite religions of the realm is extra pertinent and hard this day than ever prior to. whereas Christianity’s old failure to understand or actively have interaction Judaism is infamous, Christianity’s much more shoddy checklist 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 project this clean inquiry into early Christianity and Greco-Roman paganism, Luke Timothy Johnson starts off with a vast definition of faith as a life-style equipped round convictions and studies referring to final strength. within the culture of William James’s Variety of spiritual Experience, he identifies 4 special methods of being spiritual: faith as participation in advantages, as ethical transformation, as transcending the area, and as stabilizing the realm. utilizing those standards because the foundation for his exploration of Christianity and paganism, Johnson reveals a number of issues of similarity in spiritual sensibility.
Christianity’s failure to safely come to grips with its first pagan acquaintances, Johnson asserts, inhibits any attempt to have interaction absolutely with adherents of assorted global religions. This considerate and passionate examine can help holiday down the partitions among Christianity and different spiritual traditions.
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Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) by Luke Timothy Johnson