The Lotus Position

Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian
Paul F. Knitter
Oneworld, $22.95, 336 pp.

In 1997, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger predicted that the threat to the church posed by Marxism would be exceeded by the threat of Buddhism. Paul Knitter’s new book will do little to assuage any lingering fears Benedict XVI might harbor in this regard. (I, for one, do not share in this concern about Buddhism.) Nevertheless, Knitter has written a book about his Christian faith and his embrace of Buddhism that is challenging to say the least.

This is a remarkably personal book. Knitter has...

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About the Author

James L. Fredericks in the theology department at Loyola Marymount University.