Ramanuja and Schleiermacher
Toward a Constructive Comparative Theology
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"This is a fine example of comparative theology in action. If readers want to know how the discipline works when it works well, they can turn to Ramanuja and Schleiermacher."
--Francis X. Clooney
Director of the Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard Divinity School
"Across time and cultures, great figures within a single religious tradition become part of an ongoing scholarly interaction and argument. Only recently has this intimacy of conversation been extended across religious boundaries themselves. Sydnor offers us a theological dialogue between two giants, the Vaisnavite thinker Ramanuja and the Protestant theologian Schleiermacher. Sensitive to the distinctive settings of each, he is able to draw them into a fruitful collaboration around the questions of human and cosmic dependence on the divine. This is a constructive comparative theology that focuses the reader on the substance of these writers rather than the mechanics of interreligious study. Sydnor's book will be of interest both to those who value the depth of research behind the comparison and to those who are simply looking for theological light on the experience of absolute dependence."
--S. Mark Heim
Samuel Abbot Professor of Christian Theology
Andover Newton Theological School
"In this acutely reasoned, stirring, and accessible analysis a blossoming philosopher-theologian-pastor-educator, Jon Paul Sydnor, brings forth accurate, in-depth readings of primary works by Schleiermacher and Ramanuja. Using up-to-date procedures, his comparison of these two highly discerning, seminal thinkers enables a still wider conversation between Christians and Hindus today. Here newly honed questions, observations, and insights vie with each other for attention. Overall, Sydnor's work calls forth a pondering over meanings and prospects that only this emergent field of comparative theology can offer. Within this new movement, it will bear the reputation of a pioneering work."
--Terrence N. Tice
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy
University of Michigan