True and Holy

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WINNER, CATHOLIC PRESS ASSOCIATION BOOK AWARD - SCRIPTURE (Academic) 1st Place

When believers read the sacred texts of other religions through a "hermeneutic of hostility," the consequences can be deadly.  Christian history shows that the Bible is no exception.  In recent decades, however, many Christian traditions have radically refashioned their approach to other religious traditions and to biblical interpretation.  This new "hermeneutics of generostiy" seeks to uncover what can be learned from other holy texts and the communities that treasure them, and also seeks to find common ground on important issues such as human rights and religious liberty.

Lefebure offers Christian readings of Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist holy texts that suggest new bases for friendship and understanding.  Noting the challenges and tensions in the relationship between Christians and these four other religious communities, he also examines the specific issues involved in interpreting the Christian Bible in interreligious dialogue.  He concludes with a reflection on the experience of conversion in light of the theology of Bernard Lonegan and the mimeisis theory of Rene Girard.

Leo D. Lefebure is Matteo Ricci Professor of Theology at Georgetown University.  His books include The Path of Wisdom: A Christian Commentary on the Dhammapada (recipient of the 2011 Frederick J. Streng Book of the Year Award from the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies), Revelation, the Religions and Violence (Pax Christi Book Award winner), The Buddha and the Christ, Life Transformed: Meditations on the Christian Scriptures in Light Of Buddhist Perspectives, and Toward a Contemporary Wisdom Christology: A Study of Karl Rahner and Norman Pettenger.  He is a trustee of the Council for Parliament of the World's Religions.

Book Details

Title:
True and Holy
Subtitle:
Christian Scripture and Other Religions
Author:
Leo F. Lefebure
Includes:
Index
Pages:
274
Binding:
Softcover
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True and Holy Table of Contents 80 Kb
Lefebure’s book enriches the literature on both interreligious dialogue and biblical scholarship. Specialists and advanced students will appreciate the work’s comprehensive scope and its unapologetic call for a robust Christian interfaith apostolate.
This book makes an invaluable contribution to the field of interreligious relationships by proposing a generous and hospitable way of interpreting the Bible rather than a way of hostility and contention.... This is truly a book whose time has come.
...all those committed to embracing a hermeneutic of hospitality and engagement with other religions must be grateful to Lefebure for providing such a thoughtful, scholarly, and at the same time reader-friendly work on how the biblical text can be interpreted in ways that promote inter-religious dialogue.
"Makes a significant contribution to contemporary inter-religious dialogue literature.... All those committed to embracing a hermeneutic of hospitality and engagement with other religions must be grateful to Lefebure for providing such a thoughtful, scholarly, and at the same time reader-friendly work on how the biblical text can be interpreted in ways that promote interreligious dialogue.
Lefebure cautions Christians not to reject how Scripture may speak to us through the eyes of the other. His examples are thought-provoking.
...a fine survey of how Christians view other religions and considers traditional Christian involvements with Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism, documenting a shift in each from an atmosphere of hostility to one of respect. ...a pick for any scholarly Christian collection!
True and Holy is an important opportunity to recover our less than glorious history as Christians.
"An excellent text for studying comparative religions."
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