By Luke Timothy Johnson
The query of Christianity’s relation to the opposite religions of the area is extra pertinent and tough at the present time than ever ahead of. whereas Christianity’s old failure to understand or actively have interaction Judaism is infamous, Christianity’s much more shoddy list with admire to “pagan” religions is much less understood. Christians have inherited an almost unanimous theological culture that thinks of paganism by way of demonic ownership, and of Christian missions as a rescue operation that saves pagans from inherently evil practices.
In venture this clean inquiry into early Christianity and Greco-Roman paganism, Luke Timothy Johnson starts off with a wide definition of faith as a lifestyle prepared round convictions and stories touching on final energy. within the culture of William James’s Variety of non secular Experience, he identifies 4 exact methods of being non secular: faith as participation in merits, as ethical transformation, as transcending the area, and as stabilizing the area. utilizing those standards because the foundation for his exploration of Christianity and paganism, Johnson unearths a number of issues of similarity in spiritual sensibility.
Christianity’s failure to properly come to grips with its first pagan buddies, Johnson asserts, inhibits any attempt to have interaction certainly with adherents of varied international religions. This considerate and passionate research can help holiday down the partitions among Christianity and different spiritual traditions.
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Among the Gentiles: Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity (The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library) by Luke Timothy Johnson