Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue

Learning from Other Religious Traditions

Leaving Room for Holy Envy

Editors: Gustafson, Hans (Ed.)

  • Presents living examples of learning from religious traditions outside of ones own.
  • Contains perspectives from traditions outside of the major "World Religions." 
  • Written by established and respected scholars.
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About this book

This book brings together academic scholars from across various religious traditions to reflect on the beauty they find in traditions other than their own. They examine these aspects and reflect on how they inform and constructively assist with rethinking their own religious worldviews and practices. Each scholar investigates the various implications, questions, insights, and challenges that are generated in the process of doing so. Traditions discussed include Ásatrú Heathenism, Buddhism, Catholicism, Evangelical Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, LDS Mormon Christianity, Lutheranism, Presbyterianism, Sikhism, Sufism, Western Buddhism, and Zen Mahāyāna Buddhism. Instead of focusing only or primarily on the theory and practice of interreligious dialogue, this book presents living examples of learning from other religious traditions, identities, and persons. 

About the authors

Hans Gustafson is Director of the Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, where he teaches courses in the areas of (inter)religious studies and theology.

Reviews

“Holy envy is a fascinating dynamic in the field of Interfaith relations and this book does an excellent job exploring the various academic and theological dimensions of it.” (Eboo Patel, author of Interfaith Leadership, 2016)

 “This book invites the reader to explore Krister Stendahl’s concept of ‘holy envy’ in a multi-faceted, thorough and highly touching way. Academic analyses and reflections over texts and practices - often included a personal narrative element - are crisscrossing religious traditions throughout the chapters. Rather than limiting the perspective to the necessity of interreligious encounters, the content of the book represents a transreligious adventure triggering curiosity and courage to encounter already existing shared practices with a hint of mutual transcendence.” (Anne Hege Grung,  University of Oslo, Norway)

“Learning from Other Religious Traditions shows in a variety of inspiring ways how what Krister Stendahl called “holy envy” of practices and teachings in other traditions is an expression of humility born of a grounded faith. From its foreword — really, an enlightening full-length essay — by Paul Knitter and the moving opening paragraphs of Hans Gustafson’s introductory chapter, through each of the other nine essays, this book is a sterling example of how reverence for other traditions enriches the lives of those who practice the virtue of ‘holy envy.’” (John Merkle, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, USA)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

  • Suppressing the Mosquitoes’ Coughs: An Introduction to Holy Envy

    Gustafson, Hans

    Pages 1-12

  • Nietzsche and the Jewish Jesus: A Reflection on Holy Envy

    Sax, Benjamin E.

    Pages 13-36

  • Ibn al-‘Arabi and the Virtues of “Holy Envy” in Islam

    Sharify-Funk, Meena

    Pages 37-52

  • The Ritual of Everyday Life: Hindu Women’s Rituals, Mujerista Theology, and the Catholic Theology of Gender

    Tiemeier, Tracy Sayuki

    Pages 53-67

  • Ásatrú and Hindu: From Prophecy to Dialogue

    Seigfried, Karl E. H.

    Pages 69-96

Buy this book

eBook $79.99
price for USA (gross)
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-76107-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Learning from Other Religious Traditions
Book Subtitle
Leaving Room for Holy Envy
Editors
  • Hans Gustafson
Series Title
Pathways for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-76108-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-76108-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-76107-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXV, 186
Number of Illustrations and Tables
3 b/w illustrations
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