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  • Paperback: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (April 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570757666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570757662
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #458,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Terrence Rynne provides an extraordinarily sophisticated account of Gandhi's teaching, and he does so in a way that defeats easy criticism of Gandhi's continuing relevance. Rynne quite masterfully draws on the work C. F. Andrews, John Howard Yoder, Bernard Haring, and Walter Wink to show how Christians must have a stake in Gandhi. If that were not enough, he then helps us see how this Christian narrating of Gandhi can help us recover accounts of salvation that avoid some of the worst caricatures associated with satisfaction theories. I highly recommend this book!" -- Stanley Hauerwas "Gandhi and Jesus"

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I have read this book with great interest.
D. Bouffard
There is a wealth of original quotes and sources here, so Rynne has done good research.
Will Jerom
This book is a must read for anyone who aspires to be a peacemaker.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Will Jerom on September 28, 2008
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This is a solid book of scholarship on Mohandas Gandhi, which illustrates his idea of non-violent resistance and how it helped inspire a generation of Christian Theologians. Gandhi was also partially inspired by Christianity, but the author is accurate to classify Gandhi first and foremost as a Hindu. There is a wealth of original quotes and sources here, so Rynne has done good research. His simple thesis is that Gandhi's non-violent resistance forces Christians to rethink our ethics of just war and our notion of salvation. Rynne should have gone a bit further on salvation, illustrating the simple but important point that in Gandhi's conception there was the idea that people of all religions can be saved, while for many Christians it has become a too-simple faith declaration in Christ as the litmus test for being saved. Rynne's last section on soteriology can be a bit abstract and wandering, but the patient reader will understand the idea of the Christian concept he wishes to illustrate. It is also very puzzling why Rynne chose not to include Martin Luther King Jr. as an obvious selection for a Christian who followed Jesus. Having King in there would have helped the book. As it stands, the book is a good statement of Gandhi's nonviolent beliefs, how they shaped and were shaped by Christianity, and what that means for the Christian ethicist today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Bouffard on September 2, 2009
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I have read this book with great interest. It is enlightening to the point that I want to read it again to fully understand the theology. The author offers insights into Jesus' Sermon on the Mount in the context of Gandhi's application of non violence.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gerald W. Rhoades on September 2, 2008
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Terrence Rynne gives the best description of Gandhi's thinking that I have read. He does so in a very readable way. He carefully explains the Sandskrit words that form the core of Gandhi's way to truth. Ganhi's struggle to find a positive word to describe nonviolent active resistence led him to Satyagraha - firmness in the truth. What would be a Christian word that conveys the idea of nonviolent active resistence after the way of Jesus? I propose the word agape - unselfish love.

I did not find his treatment of Jesus and Christian salvation as helpful. Rynne reviews the various Christian models for understanding salvation. Then he holds up the nonviolent resistance to domination taught by Jesus as the understanding of salvation that is closest to that of Jesus and his first disciples. This is a Satyagraha Christus Victor model of salvation. In this way to salvation, evil is overcome by nonviolent good thus avoiding the danger of becoming evil by using evil means to fight evil. The book is very much worth reading. It helps us to begin a dialogue between Jesus and Gandhi (and between their religions).
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I did not expect that Jesus' influence on Gandhi was so profound and that he challenged Christians to live the life and teachings of Jesus with total commitment. I am assisted in my own quest to resist "just war" teachings by Rynne's presentation of Jesus and Gandhi as political leaders who used "soul power" to resist violence. This book is a must read for anyone who aspires to be a peacemaker.
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What kind of a Hindu was Gandhi?

What did Gandhi believe about Jesus?

Where did Gandhi get his nonviolent actions from, and how did it work in his mind and in his writings?

How have Christian theologians been influenced by Gandhi's practical employment of the nonviolent commands of Jesus?

Where did the current, primarily Anselm-ian view of Christian atonement theory come from, and is there a better way forward that is more in line with ourselves, our lives, and Jesus himself?

If you are interested in any of these 5 questions, this book does a really, really good job of addressing them. Gandhi's motivations and influences are explored honestly and with a great deal of backing primary material. The author's passion for the topic is readily apparent, but so is his objectivity and strong mind for research. I would heavily recommend this book to anyone interested in Gandhi, nonviolence, or Christian atonement theory.

The jump from practical nonviolence to atonement theory is quite jarring, and almost seems like two separate books. While well-written and important, I would have preferred that the author had continued to develop the practical nonviolence angle, either from a historical perspective or a Christian theology one, and covered atonement in a separate book (or as a smaller part of an overall larger book). That's the only thing that kept me from giving this book five stars.
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