Among the Gentiles
Greco-Roman Religion and Christianity
Luke Timothy Johnson
Yale University Press, $32.50, 460 pp.
At a recent meeting at Harvard Divinity School, I had occasion to give a general introduction to comparative theology, my field of study. I stressed the importance of belonging to a tradition and community, precisely as we strive to learn from another religion: the trick is to learn to think creatively across boundaries, yet within the bounds of belonging and believing in a specific way. A student came up to me afterward and thanked me for my presentation. She added, indicating the...
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