Jesus Christ in the Understanding of World Religions

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Gregorian Biblical BookShop, 2004 - Religion - 332 pages
After a brief introduction on the relation between phenomenology of religion and Christology, the understanding of Jesus Christ according to major world religions is outlined. Jesus as Servant of God Redeemer Conquerer and Lord corresponds to the African ideas of healer, liberator and acestor. For Judaism Jesus only re-inforces the same messages of the old Prophets. The Sermon on the Mount and the beatitudes can be found in Isaiah and the Psalms, Judaism has nothing to learn from the negative teaching of Jesus. Among the Prophets in Islam Jesus holds a unique place; he was born of the Virgin Mary purified above all women, and was the promised Messiah. But he was somewhat a superman wo worked miracles by the power of God. He cannot be the Son of God, for God neither generates nor is generated. Jesus did not die on the Cross there was bo collective guilt of mankind to be atoned for. The common belief in modern Hinduism is that God incarnates himself to elevate man when humanity is at low ebb. Christ is one such figure without being unique. Buddhists accept Christ as onee of the Bodhisattvas but not as the only Son of God. The Confucian idea of the Sage is that he has a conscious mission to save the world from socio-political and moral degration, without the uniqueness of the historicaldimension. For Taoism there is no existential distinction between formless (God) and form (creation). Both are interdependent principles, joined in the one flow of life. All men are children of God just as Jesus is the child of God. The difference is that Jesus has experienced himself as such, while all order men are not yet fully aware of this fact. After a Christian theological understanding of Jesus' Gentile mission, of the absoluteness, uniqueness and univerality of Jesus Christ the book concludes with the Christian theology of the convergence of religions, followed by an elaborate bibliography
 

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Contents

JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO GANDHI
150
JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO RADHAKRISHNAN
151
PART 3
155
JESUS AND THE GENTILES
157
2 THE CENTRIFUGAL MISSION OF THE NEW TESTAMENT
162
3 THE NEW TESTAMENT TEACHING OF JESUS AND THE GENTILES
171
4 GENTILE MISSION IN THE ECONOMY OF SALVATION
181
THE ABSOLUTENESS OF JESUS CHRIST AND OF CHRISTIANITY IN THE PERSPECTIVE OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM
203

JESUS THROUGH JEWISH EYES
41
JESUS CHRIST FROM THE ISLAMIC STANDPOINT
49
JESUS AS VIEWED IN MODERN HINDUISM
57
THE CHRIST OF THE BRAHMO SAMAJ
58
THE CHRIST OF THE RAMAKRISHNA MISSIONS
60
JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MK GANDHI
62
JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO RADHAKRISHNAN
63
JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO SWAMI CHIDBHAVANANDA
65
JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO SWAMI SIVANANDA
68
SWAMI AKIHLANANDAS VIEW OF JESUS CHRIST
70
THE BUDDHIST CONCEPTIONS OF JESUS CHRIST
75
JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO MASAHARU ANESAKI
78
JESUS CHRIST VIEWED BY FUMIO MASUTANI
80
BUDDHA AND CHRIST
82
THE BUDDHA AS SAVIOUR
85
PART 2
99
FOUNDERS OF RELIGIONS AND CHRISTOLOGY I
101
2 MUHAMMAD AND JESUS CHRIST
104
3 BUDDHA AND JESUS CHRIST
107
THE BUDDHA AS HISTORICAL PERSON
110
DT SUZUKIS UNDERSTANDING OF JESUS
121
BUDDHA AND LOGOS
127
FOUNDERS OF RELIGIONS AND CHRISTOLOGY II
131
5 LAOTZE AND JESUS CHRIST
139
6 AVATARS AND JESUS CHRIST
145
THE CHRIST OF THE BRAHMO SAMAJ
148
THE CHRIST OF THE RAMAKRISHNA MISSION
149
1 PLURALISM RELATIVES DIALOGUE
204
2 THE ABSOLUTENESS OF JESUS CHRIST THE LOGOS IN THE PROLOGUE OF ST JOHN
211
3 THE COSMIC CHRIST IN PAUL
222
4 THE WITNESS OF THE EARLY CHURCH TO THE FINALITY OF JESUS CHRIST
224
5 THE ABSOLUTENESS OF CHRIST AND OF CHRISTIANITY ACCORDING TO KARL RAHNER
226
6 THE ABSOLUTENESS OF CHRIST AND OF CHRISTIANITY ACCORDING TO YVES CONGAR
230
7 RELIGIOUS PERSONALITY OF JESUS
232
8 THE EXACT SIGNIFICANCE OF THE ABSOLUTENESS OF CHRISTIANITY
234
9 THE HERMENEUTICS OF TESTIMONY P RICOEUR
236
THE UNIQUENESS AND UNIVERSALITY OF JESUS CHRIST
247
EXTRINSIC AND INTRINSIC UNIQUENESS OF JESUS CHRIST
249
PLURALIST RELATIONAL UNIQUENESS OF JESUS CHRIST
250
COMPLEMENTARY UNIQUENESS OF JESUS CHRIST
257
2 THE UNIVERSALITY OF JESUS CHRIST
262
THE CONCRETE UNIVERSAL ACCORDING TO KARL RAHNER
266
THE CONCRETE UNIVERSAL ACCORDING TO VON BALTHASAR
270
THE HISTORICAL UNIVERSAL ACCORDING TO WOLFHART PANNENBERG
277
THE CONVERGENCE OF WORLD RELIGIONS AND CHRISTOCENTRISM
281
ECUMENICAL CONVERGENCE
282
CARDINAL NEWMANS ARGUMENT FROM CONVERGENCE
283
THE UNIVERSAL CHRIST AND THE CONVERGENCE OF RELIGIONS ACCORDING TO TEILHARD DE CHARDIN
293
CONVERGENCE OF WORLD RELIGIONS ACCORDING TO RC ZAEHNER
297
CONVERGENCE AS THE CONDITION OF ASSUMPTION ACCORDING TO J A CUTTAT
299
PARALLELS AND CONVERGENCES IN INTERRELIGIOUS DIALOGUE
304
CHRISTOCENTRISM AND WORLD RELIGIONS
306
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