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Gandhi and Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence Paperback – April 1, 2008
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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.
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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The first chapter is worth the book's price. Better read slowly, like eating Turkish pastry.......rich stuff.
This book in short is probably the best I have read with regards to Gandhi and Jesus. Rynne does a superb job of describing Gandhi's spiritual journey, and how he became inspired... Read morePublished on September 30, 2008 by H. Stevens
I have been reading an amazing book, one that is speaking truth to my soul in such a way that is leading me to a spiritual renewal of The Way of Peace I discovered in my youth... Read morePublished on July 22, 2008 by cliffhammond