The Atonement Creating Unions
An Exploration in Inter-Religious Theology
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
“Rev. Dr. Kesari has skillfully interrogated and innovatively reworked western atonement theologies to be of service to our age of World Christianity. Harvesting theological insights from Hinduism, this book configures a more spacious theology of the cross. Kesari creatively and persuasively constructs interreligious pathways for a more context-specific and yet globally relevant atonement theology.”
—Sathianathan Clarke, Bishop Sundo Kim Chair of World Christianity, Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington D. C.
“Atonement, as a concept, has taken on a life of its own and become part of the Christian jargon. It is to the writer’s credit that he tackles this from multiple angles . . . and has unshackled it from confining accretions and ideological posturing. This has enabled it to inhabit a more generous and liberating space, a space where alienation is overcome and union and relationships across all divides at all levels are restored, as true atonement is achieved.”
—J. Jayakiran Sebastian, Dean and H. George Anderson Professor of Mission and Cultures, United Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg, Philadelphia
“In this remarkable book Kesari offers a vocabulary for a dialogue between Christianity and Visistadvaitic Hinduism. Yet in doing so he prompts us all—whether we engage in interfaith dialogue or not—to articulate afresh, in and for our respective cultural contexts, what we believe the atonement to be about.”
—Guido de Graaff, Director of Studies and Tutor for Christian Doctrine and Ethics, St. Augustine’s College of Theology
“Godfrey Kesari has written an important and engaging book that is deserving of our attention. This is a serious and sustained piece of comparative theology that reflects his profound, existential commitment to the atonement and desire to understand it more deeply through dialogue with Visitadvaitic Hinduism. What is more, through this process an understanding of the atonement is articulated that may speak more powerfully to the contemporary global context than existing models. This is comparative theology—faith seeking interreligious understanding—at its best.
—Stephen Roberts, former Senior Lecturer in Modern Theology, University of Chichester