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By Luke Timothy Johnson

The query of Christianity’s relation to the opposite religions of the realm is extra pertinent and hard at the present time than ever sooner than. whereas Christianity’s old failure to understand or actively have interaction Judaism is infamous, Christianity’s much more shoddy checklist with appreciate to “pagan” religions is much less understood. Christians have inherited an almost unanimous theological culture that thinks of paganism by way of demonic ownership, and of Christian missions as a rescue operation that saves pagans from inherently evil practices. 

In venture this clean inquiry into early Christianity and Greco-Roman paganism, Luke Timothy Johnson starts off with a vast definition of faith as a life-style geared up round convictions and stories touching on final energy. within the culture of William James’s Variety of spiritual Experience, he identifies 4 certain methods of being non secular: faith as participation in merits, as ethical transformation, as transcending the realm, and as stabilizing the realm. utilizing those standards because the foundation for his exploration of Christianity and paganism, Johnson unearths a number of issues of similarity in non secular sensibility.

Christianity’s failure to accurately come to grips with its first pagan associates, Johnson asserts, inhibits any attempt to interact certainly with adherents of assorted global religions.  This considerate and passionate learn might be useful holiday down the partitions among Christianity and different spiritual traditions.

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