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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Orbis Books (September 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570759324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570759321
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,943,731 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kristin J. Largen is an assistant professor of systematic theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She is also an ordained Lutheran pastor. She belongs to AAR and the Society for Buddhist/Christian Dialogue and is currently the editor of Dialog, an academic journal focused on interreligious dialogue and comparative theology. She is the author of What Christians Can Learn from Buddhism: Rethinking Salvation (Fortress, 2009, Facets Series) and is the author of many articles dealing with comparative and systematic theology.

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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Matt K. on February 21, 2012
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I recently read this book. The provocative title, as well as the commendations on the back cover piqued my interest and give me a sense of expectancy that there would be some genuine insights for Hindu-Christian encounter and comparative theology. Unfortunately, I found the book's positive features and valid points to be far outweighed by its problematic features. Perhaps a better way to put it is to say that the book's valid points are in most cases invalidated or at least called into question by being pressed into the service of an argument that is overall sloppy and tendentious (tendentious = controlled by or tending toward the author's not so subtle agenda).

FIRST FOR A FEW POSITIVE FEATURES:
*There is some helpful information on the young Krishna and his place in a certain strand of Hindu bhakti devotionalism for those who are totally new to the subject. The author has made an admirable attempt to understand this particular strand of Krishna devotion.
*The book (written by a Christian an ostensibly for a Christian audience - though it is unclear precisely what kind of Christian the author is addressing) strives throughout to be positive toward Hinduism. It is non-critical toward Hinduism, perhaps to a fault.
*The book gives a very succinct definition of what "comparative theology" is all about (though this is done basically by quoting a few of the main scholars in the field).
*The book makes some points which Christians may fruitfully ponder; i.e., the joyfulness of God, the physicality of salvation, etc. (Of course, it should immediately be noted that these are areas Christian theologians have been speaking and writing about for centuries without needing to be "taught" these things by Hinduism).
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Kristen Johnston Largen is Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. She holds the doctorate from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.This volume meets three programmatic needs of Fortress Press: new theological resources that deal with religious pluralism in a teachable way; deeper resources in world religions; Facets that provide brief, provocative, authoritative treatments of "vital aspects of faith and life."

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