Christian Responses to Five Views of the Bhagavad Gita: Entry into Dialogue
Of all the Hindu Scriptures, the Bhagavad Gita is the most widely read by Western audiences. Its brevity belies its complexity; as with all sacred texts, the only way to fully understand its teaching is to learn from those who live out a faith based on that text. This book examines five different readings of the Bhagavad Gita, juxtaposing these readings with a Western Protestant Christian response to both the text and the ideas and theology that lie beneath the surface of the text. Written for students and practitioners of interfaith dialogue, it is a resource to enable richer and deeper conversations between Hindus and Christians.
Revd Dr Tom Wilson is Director of the St Philip’s Centre, UK, a Christian interfaith centre that engages regionally and nationally in training and resourcing churches, schools, higher education institutions, public and private sector employers in issues related to faith and belief. He holds an MLitt in New Testament Studies, which focused on the rhetorical strategy of 1 John, and a PhD in Religious Studies, which examined the experience of Muslim pupils in an Anglican primary school. He has written widely on New Testament studies, Christian theology, lived British Islam, and the relationship between Christianity and other world religions. He helps run his local branch of the Council of Christians and Jews, chairs the board of a Christian social action charity (Together Leicester), and is a Governor of Leicester College, UK.
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