Lead, Kindly Light: Gandhi on Christianity

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"Innumerable people have been moved and changed by Gandhi's practice of the truth.  This captivating book will be of much help to Christians and others who will have much to learn from Gandhi's experiments with truth." -- Peter B Lobo, OP, Dominican Ashram

Widely regarded as one of the great moral prophets of the 20th century, Mohandas Gandhi conducted an ongoing dialogue with Christian believers and missionaries. As a faithful Hindu he was unwilling to accept Christian dogma. In Jesus, however, he recognized and revered one of history's great prophets of nonviolence. Gandhi's criticism of Christianity was in fact that most Christians fail to embody the often radical even revolutionary faith and action of Christ.

In addition to Gandhi's own writings, Lead, Kindly Light is enhanced by thoughtful reflections by noted Christian scholars and students of Gandhi's philosophy, highlighting  his contributions to interfaith dialogue (Diana Eck,) Christian self-understanding and practice (James Douglass and Ignatius Jesudasan, SJ,)  the self-critical reform of Christian mission (Bob McCahill, MM,) and reflections on the influence of Gandhi's favorite Christian hymn,"Lead, Kindly Light." (William Emilsen) 

Robert Ellsberg, publisher of Orbis Books, is the author of many award-winning books, including All Saints, The Saints’ Guide to Happiness, Blessed Among Us (based on his daily reflections for Give Us This Day), and most recently A Living Gospel: Reading God's Story in Holy Lives.

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Gandhi on Christianity
Robert Ellsberg

Contents (Ellsberg_Lead_Kindly_Light_TOC.pdf, 94 Kb) [Download]

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