Soteriological Controversy and Diversity
Prior to this study, past scholarship--which preferred to portray early
Indian and Theravada Buddhism as wholly rationalist systems--has shied away from giving ample treatment on the noble person who possesses supernormal powers. This book examines the dichotomy between two Theravada monastic vocations that have grown out of the vocational and soteriological tensions.
This book addresses these areas of evangelical theology by drawing on a well-known figure in the evangelical tradition—Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758)—and a contemporary Roman Catholic theologian—David Coffey (1934–). Though they may seem theological worlds apart, their use of a common trinitarian theology—the Augustinian mutual love model—led them to similar conclusions on Christology, pneumatology, and the theology of grace. Their common trinitarian vision provides resources to develop a transformational and relational vision of redemption and an inclusivist theology of religions within the evangelical tradition.
In this existential reading of the Analects, the author takes Paul Tillich as an omnipresent dialogical partner because his existential theology was at one time very influential in the West and currently very popular in Chinese academia. The study's most important contribution is how it reveals the religious or theological dimension of the Confucian Analects.
"The book covers an enormous amount of material on the relationship between early Christianity and Judaism, but presents this in a highly accessible manner, clearly showing how the separation between the two emerged over time ... It is essential for the shelves of academic institutions and public libraries, and it will also be a helpful supplement to the libraries both of scholars and Christian and Jewish religious leaders." - Jewish-Christian Relations