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is Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary in New York City.
He is a leading advocate of globally responsible interreligious dialogue and author of more than 10 books on the subject.
Definitely the noun is Catholic or Christian; the adjective is Buddhist. As a Catholic theologian, what is your relationship officially with the church?
Reversing Pope Paul VI’s statement, you state that if we want justice, we have to seek peace. My wife and I spent much of the ’80s and the ’90s working in El Salvador for peace during the war.
In this, his newest book, he writes very personally, sharing his struggles with his Christian faith while relating how his study of Buddhism -- and his own Zen practice -- has helped him through this struggle.readers familiar with Buddhism or other Eastern practices and religions will find this book both refreshing and rewarding.
It is unusual for a Catholic theologian to write as personally as Knitter has done in this book.
” one of the terms or images that are used is sunyata, which means emptiness. When one looks at, first of all, the language that we Christians use to talk about the mystery of Jesus the Christ, perhaps the two primary words that we use -- or doctrines that we attest to -- are Jesus is Son of God and Jesus is Savior.
That’s not a very good translation but it’s the word they use to identify that ultimate reality is not an entity, a being, but rather it is what they call the interconnectedness of everything. Now those two terms, Son of God, Savior, are beliefs.
What was missing was captured in an experience I had back in 1986 or ’87 when I did a Zen retreat with Roshi Bernie Glassman.