In Search of Interspiritual Truth: An Interview with John Thatamanil (S2:E8)
“If I’m truly, as a Christian, to affirm that core affirmation that God so loved the world, then divine disclosure must be happening far beyond the boundaries of the Christian tradition.”
Welcome to In Search Of, a podcast where we go in search of voices and perspectives that inform and expand a life of faith. In this episode, John Thatamanil tells Amy about his interfaith work and identity in a conversation that covers everything from capitalism to philosophy to the definition of religion. Why is “syncretism” a bad word? Why is it okay to be a capitalist Christian, but not a Buddhist Christian? How can we embrace religious diversity instead of fearing it? Explore these questions and more on this episode of In Search Of. A transcript of this episode can be found here.
John Thatamanil is a professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York, where he teaches classes in comparative theology, religious diversity, Hindu-Christian dialogue, the theology of Paul Tillich, theory of religion, process theology, and ecotheology. He’s the author of Circling the Elephant: A Comparative Theology of Religious Diversity and is working on a book provisionally entitled, Desiring Truth: Comparative Theology and the Quest for Interreligious Wisdom.
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“The Magi’s interfaith encounter (Matt. 2:1-12),” by Liddy Barlow (Jan 2023)
“Baptist and Buddhist,” by Tony Coleman (Jan 2022)
“How White Christians turned syncretism into an insult,” by Ross Kane (June 2021)
“Faith formations in my world religions classroom,” by Jason A. Mahn (Jan 2020)
“My holy envy of other faith traditions,” by Barbara Brown Taylor (March 2019)
“Three ways Buddhism has shaped me as a Sri Lankan Christian,” by Shanta Premawardhana (Jan 2017)
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