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Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian

Narrated by: Paul Brion
Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
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Being a Christian isn't easy. Sustaining belief without any doubts for one's entire life is a very rare accomplishment. Indeed, many would say that examining one's faith at least once is a central part of the Christian condition. In this landmark work, esteemed theologian Paul F. Knitter explains the unique path that he took to overcome his doubts, becoming a stronger Christian in the process.

Honest and unflinching, Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian narrates each spiritual dilemma that Knitter has struggled with and explains how a Buddhist worldview has allowed him to resolve each one. From the "petitioning" nature of Christian prayer to how Christianity views life after death, Knitter argues that a Buddhist standpoint can help inspire a more person-centered conception of Christianity, where individual religious experience comes first, and liturgy and tradition second. Moving and revolutionary, this edition comes with a new postscript in which Professor Knitter reflects on and re-evaluates his position as a double-belonger.

©2009 Paul F. Knitter (P)2017 Tantor

Critic Reviews

"Knitter's rich book should be a source of fascination and guidance for seekers of all sorts. One of the finest contemporary books on the encounter between religions in the heart and soul of a single thoughtful person." ( Library Journal)

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Good read!

I really liked this book however it was not what I considered easy to get into at first. The further I listened the more I enjoyed it. It was very insightful and thought provoking. I feel it will help to enrich my own beliefs.

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He's not a Christian, He's a Roman Catholic Priest

He's not a Christian, He's a Roman Catholic Priest. This book was not for me.

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  • Ms. D. Molwuka
  • 08-15-18

I wish I could have written this book..

Beautiful narrator. An easy listen and for Yoga Teachers like myself, a text I will dive into again and again to aid my teaching and to support me in dialogues with people of both faiths, like myself.

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