A Flight to Patmos

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John D. Kunnathu is an educator and an author of several books. He has had his higher studies in Linguistics, Literature, Education, and Religion. He has done extensive research on the thought-world of Metropolitan Paulos Mar Gregorios. Christian worship is another topic on which he has done in-depth study. After being in Africa and in the US for over twenty-five years as an educator, he is now settled in Kottayam, India.

A Flight to Patmos

An Imaginary Inter-Religious Dialog

Authored by John Daniel Kunnathu

All people in the world belong to their own specific cultures speaking their own specific languages. However, this diversity of culture and language need not raise walls that divide us. We can accept diversity as an opportunity to learn from one another. We should be willing to see all people in the world as our family regardless of the cultural diversity.

This is the context of this book. Here the author presents an imaginary meeting of two people representing two civilizations. With a willingness to understand each other, they see how a huge wall that separates their two civilizations collapses. This imaginary inter-religious dialog is set in the first century between a Christian and a Hindu. This exemplifies that such a dialog is possible between the people of any two traditions.

The Christian in the dialog is a historical person-John, the Apostle. However, the John one sees in these pages is a reflection of the author's picture of John. Also, what John, the Apostle, expounds in the dialog is an expression of the author's understanding of the basics of Christianity when this was written.

The Hindu in the dialog is an imaginary person. Although he is imaginary, he is a faithful representation of a possible person. He is given the name Ananda, and he is presented as a Vedic scholar. What Andanda says about Hinduism represnts the author's understanding of Hinduism at the time of writing this.

This book is primarily an example of an interreligious dialog. The two people here from their diverse backgrounds speak openly to each other about what they understand and believe. They do not make any attempt to convert the other person to their belief. However, they eagerly attempt to learn from each other. They try to find out how they are similar and different. At the end of a long conversation we find them with a strong bond of love and understanding toward each other. That is the goal of any interreligious dialog.

What we need is a multicultural and pluralistic world. We don't want the people of any one religion to dominate others. We want the people of diverse religions living together learning from each other. Let the Hindus remain Hindus, Muslims remain Muslims, and Christians remain Christians. But let them all be willing to learn from each other.

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Publication Date:
1463777434 / 9781463777432
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / Inspirational

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