Gandhi on Christianity

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"Provides meaningful insights into Gandhi's life and also offers new insights, approaches, and dimensions to both Christian theologies and to those involved in interfaith dialogue."--Journal for the Study of Religion

Widely revered as one of the great moral prophets of the 20th centry, Mohandas Gandhi conducted an ongoing dialogue with Christian believers and missionaries. As a faithful Hindu he was unwilling to accept Christian dogman. 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.

Enhanded by thoughtful reflections by noted Christian scholars of Gandhi's philosophy, Gandhi and Christianity highlights the Mahatma's contributions to interfaith dialogue, the    self-critical reform of Christian mission, and a more faithful imitation of Jesus. Contributors include Diana L. Eck on Gandhian guidelines for living in a religiously plural word; Ignatius Jesudasan on Gandhi's christology, James Douglass on Gandhi's recognition of the living christic reality of suffering love, and Bob McCahill, M.M., on Gandhi's challenge to Christian mission.

Robert Ellsberg, Publisher of Orbis Books, is the author of many award-winning books, including All Saints, The Saints’ Guide to Happiness,  and Blessed Among Us (based on his daily reflections for Give Us This Day). He has edited the diaries and letters of Dorothy Day, as well as anthologies by Flannery O’Connor, Gandhi, and Pope Francis.

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Gandhi on Christianity
Robert Ellsberg

Gandhi on Christianity Table of Contents (978-0-88344-756-7_toc.pdf, 299 Kb) [Download]