ORIENTAL MYSTICISM AND BIBLICAL ESCHATOLOGY by Thomas J.J. Altizer

ORIENTAL MYSTICISM AND BIBLICAL ESCHATOLOGY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Dr. Altizer posed himself no easy task when he set out to compare the concept of God in Greek religion, the Old Testament, the teachings of Jesus and the Buddhist belief, especially as revealed in the doctrines of each. The author believes that all these religious approaches throw light one upon another, and give credence to the universality of religious insight. The book will give small comfort to either Jews or Christians who feel their faith can be conformed or domesticated in this world. However, the author's ready familiarity with the philosophical and religious concepts of faiths that seem as widely divergent as the Old Testament prophets and the Mahayana Buddhists will stimulate any reader to a broader appreciation of the fact that God has not been without his witness anywhere at any time. This is a unique book, written for serious thinkers, and will find its widest readership among students of comparative religion. Dr. Altizer's analysis of the other worldliness of the Christian faith is so well stated that it will force many Christians to sit up and take notice.

Publisher: Westminster Press