This book brings together academic scholars from across various religious traditions to reflect on the beauty they find in traditions other than their own. They examine these aspects and reflect on how they inform and constructively assist with rethinking their own religious worldviews and practices. Each scholar investigates the various implications, questions, insights, and challenges that are generated in the process of doing so. Traditions discussed include Ásatrú Heathenism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Evangelical Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, LDS Mormon Christianity, Lutheranism, Presbyterianism, Sikhism, Sufism, Western Buddhism, and Zen Mahayana Buddhism. Instead of focusing only or primarily on the theory and practice of interreligious dialogue, this book presents living examples of learning from other religious traditions, identities, and persons.
Hans Gustafson is Director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, where he teaches courses in the areas of (inter)religious studies and theology.
Foreword by Paul F. Knitter
1. Suppressing the Mosquitoes' Coughs: An Introduction to Holy Envy
2. Nietzsche and the Jewish Jesus: A Reflection on Holy Envy
3. Ibn al-'Arabi and the Virtues of 'Holy Envy' in Islam
4. The Ritual of Everyday Life: Hindu Women's Rituals, Mujerista Theology, and the Catholic Theology of Gender
5. Ásatrú and Hindu: From Prophecy to Dialogue
6. A Hindu Gift of Bestowal: Sankara's Concept of Grace in a Buddhist Context
7. Self-Reliant and Ecologically Aware: A Christian Appreciation of Buddhism
8. The Nembutsu of Jodo Shinshu Buddhism
9. Buddhists, Get your Prayer On: Reflections on Christian Spontaneous Prayer by a Buddhist Chaplain Chaplain
10. A Mormon Pilgrimage to Sikh Sacred Practice, Text, and Temple