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Beyond Compare: St. Francis de Sales and Sri Vedanta Desika on Loving Surrender to God

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"This is not a shallow or introductory analysis of comparative spirituality but a solid, methodical, and critical examination of the subject. The text is respectful of Hindu spirituality and loyal to Christian doctrines. It is philosophical, theological, and practical."―Catholic Library World

"An extremely thoughtful and well-informed work that merits the attention of all those interested in issues of interreligious theology."―Theological Studies

"A remarkable commentary on spiritual learning, this book provides a deeper insight into how we can most fruitfully and spiritually think about religious pluralism in the twenty-first century, being open in heart and mind and at the same time remaining loyal to one's own tradition."―Dialogue & Alliance

"This excellent and fascinating study of two important devotional texts ... is much more than an interfaith commentary."―The Way

"It is very rare to say of an academic book that it might become a spiritual classic, but this may well be one of them."―Reviews in Religion and Theology


"Beyond Compare is an amazing book. The research is thorough and the appreciation of Śrī Vedānta Deśika’s thoughts and writings prove beyond doubt that [Clooney] has imbibed the teachings of our great Teacher in the true spirit of a Srivaishnava. The comparative study of St.Francis de Sales’ Treatise and Swami Desika’s Srimad Rahasyatrayasara makes most interesting reading and invites Srivaishnavas to read about the Catholic saint’s ideas on loving surrender to God. Beyond Compare is truly beyond compare!"―Anuradha Sridharan, associate editor, Sri Nrsimhapriya

"Salesian scholars will certainly find this work rich and rewarding, especially in the novel and refreshing way in which the Treatise on the Love of God is read and reflected upon in the light of a recognized scholarly work in an entirely different religious tradition. Moreover, theologians and philosophers interested in furthering the debate and dialogue between faith and reason or religion and reason will relish the observations and insights demonstrating in an engaging fashion both the power and limitations of 'undisciplined' reason."―Alexander Pocetto, DeSales University


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Georgetown University Press (October 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589012119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589012110
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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