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Circling the Elephant: A Comparative Theology of Religious Diversity

John J. Thatamanil


Christian theologians have, for some decades, affirmed that they have no monopoly on encounter with God or ultimate reality; other religions also have access to religious truth and transformation. If so, the time has come for Christians not just to learn about but also from their religious neighbors. Circling the Elephant affirms that the best way to move toward the mystery of divinity is to move toward the mystery of the neighbor. In this book, Thatamanil employs the ancient Indian allegory of the elephant and blindfolded men to argue for the integration of three, often-separated theological ... More

Keywords: comparative theology, constructive theology, genealogy of religion, ground, interreligious dialogue, interreligious hospitality, relation, singularity, theology of religions, Trinity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780823288526
Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823288526.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John J. Thatamanil, author
Union Theological Seminary