Religion scholar Diana Eck is director of the Pluralism Project, which seeks to map the In this tenth-anniversary edition of Encountering God, Eck shows why . Religion scholar Diana Eck is director of the Pluralism Project, which seeks to map the new religious diversity of the United States, particularly the increasing. In these excerpts from her new book, Diana Eck describes her own theological journey – from Bozeman, Montana, to Banaras, India, from the Gallatin River to.
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Her Christian faith commitment is apparent, as is her dedication to dialogue, and she has managed deftly to balance the two, presenting a nuanced discussion of the richness that can be gained from such authentic encounters both here and abroad. It is also both an urgent call for interreligious dialogue and a theological argument for that pluralism underlying such dialogue.
She was involved in the interfaith dialogue program of the World Council of Churches for fifteen years. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?
Religion scholar Diana Eck is director of the Pluralism Project, which seeks to map the new religious diversity of the United States, particularly the increasing presence of Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim communities. In this tenth-anniversary edition of Encountering God, Eck shows why dialogue with people of other faiths remains crucial in today’s interdependent world–globally, nationally, and even locally.
She reveals how her own encounters with other religions have shaped and enlarged her Christian faith toward a bold new Christian pluralism. Read more Read less. Add both to Cart Add both to List. Buy the selected items together This item: Ships from and sold by Amazon.
Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras
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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Stimulated enjoyable and robust conversations in my interfaith book club. Hinduism is monotheistic not monotheistic and polytheistic as the author writes. It might be the most difficult concept for Westerners. The expanded “we” concept and we all are interdependent is very powerful. The author was a Republican Methodist from Montana who went East for college, and did a junior year in India on religious studies.
This shaped her life, as she got a PhD in Religious Anthropology. She explores the religions of Asia with insight and respect, asking the question, “How must this affect my own beliefs? One person found this helpful. Having lived in India for more than twenty two years after growing up Catholic and attending Catholic schools until I was a sophomore in college, I was deeply interested in Diana Eck’s book. Her commitment and depth of understanding of her own religion is not diminished, but rather strengthened, widened and deepened by her willingness to understanding the spirituality of India.
Rarely have I read a book about experiences in India that combine such intelligence with such deep openness to the truth of spirituality in traditions not one’s own. If the world had more such people in it, we might be closer to a unity of mankind whereby we widen ourselves to comprehend and benefit from the various ways God has manifested rather than circling the covered wagons to protect ourselves from any new ideas or experiences.
Diana Eck writes about religious pluralism, not form a syncretist point of view but as a life long Christian who’s beliefs were challenged by seeing first hand the faith of Hindus in India. I think the beginning of the book is something you’re going to either agree with or not before you even begin reading, but the end of the book is very thought provoking and it’s well worth the read. Diana Eck’s story of being a twenty-year-old white Christian college girl living in the crowded city of Banaras, India on the banks of the sacred Ganges River drew me in immediately.
As someone who lacks the courage for such adventure, her account allowed me to experience the Hindu culture of Banaras vicariously. There was not enough time to finish reading while at the monastery, so I bought a copy for myself when I got home. The centerpiece of the book is her argument for religious and spiritual pluralism.
She takes great scholarly care to lay out the problems with the alternatives to pluralism, namely religious exclusivity and religious inclusivity.
Then she describes the importance of pluralism for peaceful coexistence of cultures and religions in encounteing diverse world, quoting and relying on the teachings of Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Martin Luther King, John Hick, and many others. I came away wiser and almost totally in agreement with the author. Deb Hansen, interfaith chaplain and life coach. A hopeful and very personal account of Eck’s interfaith dian interwoven with the larger global dynamics of an interfaith world that we are only beginning to fathom and put into perspective.
The book deepened my understanding of how we must proceed to grow beyond these turbulent times. Eck explores her subject thoroughly and with great sensitivity. She leaves no misunderstanding about both the challenges and rewards of dialog, mutual respect, and understanding.
I appreciated the quiet and reflective tone. Sip this book like a fine wine. It challenges and takes time to absorb, but is not academic.
Diana Eck’s account of her experiences connecting with other faiths and her reflections on the multiplicity of human approaches to God is profound and inspiring. I ordered and read this book as a member of a struggling interfaith dialogue group. Eck’s book is pointing the way for some new initiatives we plan to take. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Great content to help guide an interfaith journey toward mutual understanding and relationship building.
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