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Hindu God, Christian God: How Reason Helps Break Down the Boundaries between Religions (review)

Hindu God, Christian God: How Reason Helps Break Down the Boundaries between Religions (review) BOOK REVIEWS Hindu God, Christian God: How Reason Helps Break Down the Boundaries between Religions. By Francis X. Clooney, S. J. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. Pp. x þ 209. Reviewed by A. J. Nicholson University of Chicago For the past decade, Francis Clooney has been one of the most influential comparative theologians in North America. A Jesuit priest who lived in India and later became an expert interpreter of Hindu texts, he combines the confessional commitments of a practicing Christian with a hermeneutical sophistication that has made his work essential reading for Indologists. In earlier works, such as Theology after Vedanta, he illustrated in a convincing way that the schools of Hinduism can be ¯ understood at least as well under the rubric of ``theology'' as under the rubric of ``philosophy.'' Hindu God, Christian God: How Reason Helps Break Down the Boundaries between Religions is in some ways Clooney's most ambitious work to date. In it he elucidates the thought of dozens of Hindu and Christian thinkers, but does so in a way that remains grounded in the rigorous interpretation of Tamil and Sanskrit texts. He presents as comparative examples a number of Hindu thinkers who http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Philosophy East and West University of Hawai'I Press

Hindu God, Christian God: How Reason Helps Break Down the Boundaries between Religions (review)

Philosophy East and West , Volume 53 (4) – Jun 10, 2003

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BOOK REVIEWS Hindu God, Christian God: How Reason Helps Break Down the Boundaries between Religions. By Francis X. Clooney, S. J. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001. Pp. x þ 209. Reviewed by A. J. Nicholson University of Chicago For the past decade, Francis Clooney has been one of the most influential comparative theologians in North America. A Jesuit priest who lived in India and later became an expert interpreter of Hindu texts, he combines the confessional commitments of a practicing Christian with a hermeneutical sophistication that has made his work essential reading for Indologists. In earlier works, such as Theology after Vedanta, he illustrated in a convincing way that the schools of Hinduism can be ¯ understood at least as well under the rubric of ``theology'' as under the rubric of ``philosophy.'' Hindu God, Christian God: How Reason Helps Break Down the Boundaries between Religions is in some ways Clooney's most ambitious work to date. In it he elucidates the thought of dozens of Hindu and Christian thinkers, but does so in a way that remains grounded in the rigorous interpretation of Tamil and Sanskrit texts. He presents as comparative examples a number of Hindu thinkers who

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