God has indiscriminately hidden truth in all manner of strange places. Wogaman highlights the lessons the church can take from major world religions in terms of how to understand God; relate to this imperfect world; develop rituals; handle sin; convey truth mythically; show forth concrete acts of love. 168 pages, softcover. Westminster John Knox.
Examining other religions provides Christians the opportunity to more deeply understand their own beliefs. Learning about other religions is not the same as learning from other religions, which can have great value to Christians who wish to strengthen their faith. In this book's ten easy-to-read chapters, Wogaman shows readers what Christians can learn from different religions, such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and even from atheism. From these religions Christians can achieve insight into love, sin, ritual, the importance of myth to convey truth, the foundational roots of Christianity, the dark side of Christian history, and many other important ways to see and interpret the world and to understand God. The book concludes with a chapter on what other religions can learn from Christianity. Perfect for church study groups, each chapter ends with questions for discussion.
J. Philip Wogaman is former Senior Minister at Foundry United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., past President of the Interfaith Alliance, and Professor Emeritus of Christina Ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary. He is the author of over eighteen books, including Faith and Fragmentation: Reflections on the Future of Christianity, From the Eye of the Storm: A Pastor to the President Speaks Out, and Moral Dilemmas: An Introduction to Christian Ethics.
"In our increasingly pluralist and religiously diverse world where religion it too often a source of division or the justification for violence and extremism, Wogaman offers a much-needed resource. This accessible and highly insightful book should not only be required reading for clergy, it will also be an invaluable book for adult study groups in churches throughout the land."
--Charles Kimball, Baptist minister, Presidential Professor and Director of Religious Studies at the University of Oklahoma, and author of When Religion Becomes Evil: Five Warning Signs
"In this book Philip Wogaman brings his vast and significant experience as a Christian pastor into dialogue with the radically interdependent world of the twenty-first century. The result relativizes all religious claims to possess ultimate truth and calls us into a new consciousness in regard to the way we contemplate God. I found this book refreshing, stimulating, challenging, and necessary."
--John Shelby Spong, author of The Fourth Gospel: Tales of a Jewish Mystic
"This book will inspire people of all faiths and help them to look at their own faith and other faiths in a positive way for creating a better world."
--Sayyid M. Syeed, National Director for the Office for Interfaith & Community Alliances for the Islamic Society of North America
"Professor Wogaman has given us a gift in his well-written and thoughtful approach to interfaith study. This book provides a useful paradigm for teaching comparative religion and is an excellent resource for anyone who is interested in interfaith dialogue as a means to greater self-understanding."
-- M. Bruce Lustig, Senior Rabbi, Washington Hebrew Congregation
"This book does not seek to convert, but rather argues that Christians can and need to learn from the other religions in the world. . . . It is a well-written refreshing approach to interreligious dialogue."
--Barbara Brown Zikmund, retired President of Hartford Seminary and former chair of the NCC Commission on Interfaith Relations
"As a Buddhist, I admire the spirit of appreciative and thoughtful inquiry that underlies this work. Wogaman shows through his example that beyond the limited question of what Christians can learn from other religions is the more pressing matter of how in all of our differences we each can learn from the other. In this regard, we all can learn a lot from Rev. Wogaman."
--Bill Aiken, Director of Public Affairs, Soka Gakkai International--USA