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Examining other religions provides Christians the opportunity to more deeply understand their own beliefs. Learning about other religions is not the same as learning from other religions, which can have great value to Christians who wish to strengthen their faith. In this book's ten easy-to-read chapters, Wogaman shows readers what Christians can learn from different religExamining other religions provides Christians the opportunity to more deeply understand their own beliefs. Learning about other religions is not the same as learning from other religions, which can have great value to Christians who wish to strengthen their faith. In this book's ten easy-to-read chapters, Wogaman shows readers what Christians can learn from different religions, such as Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and even from atheism. From these religions Christians can achieve insight into love, sin, ritual, the importance of myth to convey truth, the foundational roots of Christianity, the dark side of Christian history, and many other important ways to see and interpret the world and to understand God. The book concludes with a chapter on what other religions can learn from Christianity. Perfect for church study groups, each chapter ends with questions for discussion....

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What Christians Can Learn from Other Religions Reviews

  • Yiyan Ma
    2019-02-23 02:57

    The author even doubts about the teaching of Jesus in gospels:) can't bear with that.

  • Ho Christopher
    2019-02-02 05:50

    There are some books I hate to review. Some are books I disagree with, the other are books that are very badly written, whether theologically or just plain bad. I hate to review these books because these review will hurt the authors and the publishers, but reviews exists for a reason - to help potential buyers discern whether or not to buy a certain book. So it is with this intention in mind that I pen this review.First, let me say what is good about this book. I like how the book decided to cover a whole spectrum of religions. I’m quite certain most readers will not be well-versed with at least some of the religions mentioned in this book. Philip Wogaman, handles the religion with tact and thoroughly, he does not skip over the surface but interacts with the different faiths carefully. Wogaman also reminds christians that when comparing or studying other religions, we must be careful not to compare the best of our faith to the worst of their faith. This often is one of the weakness of evangelical christians, Wogaman should be applauded to point this out to us.Similarly, I found the chapters on Islam and Hinduism very well written compared to some of the other materials that one might find usually. However, this is not to say that this book is not without fault.Wogaman firstly does not trust the reliability of the gospels by saying that “there is more than a little doubt whether Jesus himself ever uttered those words.” (p. 1). Next, Wogaman thinks that Jesus is not the only way to God, this can be found in his own summary at the end of the book “The Christian view of Christ as the way to God can be interpreted through the love of Christ as a manifestation of the love of God, so that love—not exclusive adherence to Christianity—is the way to God. That love is also to be found in other religions.” (p. 126).Similarly, there are even more troubling things that one can find in this book. In the section where Wogaman talks how Muslim finds it hard to accept that Jesus is God, he talks about how Jesus ‘claims’ not to be God. Wogaman uses Mark 10:17-18 (“Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.”) to substantiate his point. Next, he writes that “Christians can continue to believe that Jesus was a very good man and that his goodness is a decisive clue to the nature of God. I certainly do. But the point is that Jesus clearly was not claiming to be God!” (p. 35). Next, he makes his point explicit by adding this “Muslims similarly are entitled to believe that Muhammad was a very good man… But Muhammad also did not claim to be God. There remains a difference between the two religious traditions, for Christians believe that God was expressed in and through Christ… But the point to be gained is that while God was expressed in and through Christ, Christ was not, himself, God.” (p. 35). Maybe the author meant that Christians do not worship Jesus as the Father, that I wholeheartedly agree. But the passage is so poorly worded that it might meant something theologically flawed. It might mean that Jesus is not fully God. That will never be accepted in any evangelical church.This is where I find this book such a mixed bag. Quite ironically, I do not think the author even represents the best of christianity. And if that is so, should I therefore trust the author to teach me about other faiths? I find myself wary to believe everything that is written by the author.I think this book can only be recommended for those who are discerning. Those who are able to shift the wheats from the tares. It is sad that such a book has to receive this review. I was honestly looking forward to gaining valuable insights from this book, but I went away wanting. Perhaps someone else will fill this gap that still lingers even after reading this book.Rating: 2.5 / 5Disclaimer: I was given this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  • Robert D. Cornwall
    2019-02-20 06:59

    Philip Wogaman, former senior minister at Washington D.C.'s Foundry United Methodist Church, a congregation whose members included Bill and Hillary Clinton along with Bob and Elizabeth Dole, as well as former President of the Interfaith Alliance and professor of Christian ethics at Wesley Theological Seminary, writes a book that I think should have great value to Christians who wonder whether there is something to learn from their neighbors who hail from religions other than their own. Once Protestants and Catholics might have asked that about each other, but in today's increasingly pluralistic context the conversation partners are becoming increasingly diverse. Wogaman asks the right question -- what can we as Christians learn? In the course of ten chapters he offers his reflections on that question.He focuses his attention on primal religions, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Chinese religions (Taoism and Confucianism), and atheism. He adds another chapter that asks similar questions of several religions he is unable to address more broadly -- Jainism, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism, and the Baha'i movement. The principle that he works with is that dialogue must compare the best of the other with the best in one's own. He notes where he feels is necessary where Christians probably won't find a particular belief system workable (such as the idea of reincarnation present in a number of Eastern religions). He seems to have invited members of these faith communities to read and critique his presentation so its fair. He includes atheism because while not affirming divinity, they do have conversations about ultimate concerns, and their critiques are worth considering.The concluding chapter offers suggested areas where other faith traditions might learn from Christianity -- including the way in which modern Christian scholars have handled scripture critically. The book began as a sermon series, which makes this a very accessible and readable text. As one involved in interfaith work, I found this to be quite useful. My only real problem area came when he delved into that treacherous doctrine of the Trinity in his chapter on Islam. Recognizing that the Trinity is a problem for Jews and Muslims, he sought to address their concerns about whether Christianity is truly monotheistic. In his effort to demonstrate that Christians aren't tri-theists or polytheists, he seemed to move to the opposite view, which is modalism (father, son, and spirit end up being masks or functions). But, that is really the only place where I struggled with his presentation.Recommended resource for interested Christians and their friends outside the faith!

  • C.H.E. Sadaphal
    2019-02-01 01:34

    The bottom line: Heretical doctrine that not only departs from the basic tenets of Christianity, but also blatantly promotes syncretism.In this book, the author aims “to make and illustrate a central point: Christians can and should learn from other religions.”After an introduction to lay the foundation, the book proceeds to dedicate one chapter to a particular religion (e.g., Primal religions, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism). Each chapter first describes a common theme or belief of the other faiths, highlights the similarities to Christianity, and then describes what Christians can uniquely learn about how they practice and interpret their own faith from these common threads.In my opinion, the only useful purpose for this book is to provide the fuel for engagement of divergent religions and for leaders who wish to engage in interfaith dialogue. The book supplies many common links that can facilitate civil communication amongst clergy of many different faiths.The reason why this books fails is threefold ...

  • Dana
    2019-01-25 04:32

    This is an interesting book. The author tells his Christian viewpoint of what other religions are about and then how he thinks Chrisians can benefit from some of what he thinks their concepts are. He looks at most of the world's religions, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, Jainism, Sikhism, Baha'i, atheism, and even Confucianism and Primal Religions. The author's views are very open and accepting although I am not sure that members of the various religions that he portrays would all agree with his portrayals of their religions. The author's understanding of the Trinity, which he says Christians can learn something from the Muslims about, is not one that I think fits in with the Orthodox Christian view of the triune God. I think that many readers will find his thoughts on the Trinity and on some other Christian topics to be rather unorthodox. The book has discussion questions at the end of each chapter and it is well written and easy to read. I think that it can lead to some interesting discussions. I received this book free to review from Netgalley.

    2019-02-16 02:59

    Absolutely clear and interesting, especially with regard to the less popular religions. The only thing that left me a bit puzzled has been the way in which sometimes the author, absolutely in my opinion, took as understood that "Christianity is better anyway," but maybe this is just my impression as a non-native English speaker.Chiaro ed assolutamente interessante, specialmente per quanto riguarda le religioni meno famose. L'unica cosa che mi ha lasciato un pochino perplessa é stata la maniera in cui a volte l'autore, assolutamente secondo me, faceva intendere che "comunque il cristianesimo é migliore", ma magari questa é stata soltanto una mia impressione da non madrelingua.THANKS TO NETGALLEY AND WESTMINSTER JOHN KNOX PRESS FOR THE PREVIEW!

  • Laura Cheifetz
    2019-02-18 23:31

    I liked this book. I thought it was clear, concise, easy to understand, and a great addition to the volumes Christians could be reading about interfaith relations and religious studies. Perfect for Sunday School classrooms. I was really worried it would be dense, but it's a very lay-friendly book.

  • Joel Ickes
    2019-02-17 02:49

    See book review

  • Irl Newham
    2019-02-05 23:42

    I liked his approach that all religions have something to learn from each other. Well researched and as interestingly written as possible considering the depth and breadth of the subject matter.