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Gandhi and Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence [Paperback]

By Terrence J. Rynne (Author)
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An original exploration of the life of Jesus and the teachings of Gandhi-one that puts nonviolent action at the very heart of Christian salvation.

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As the daily newscasts shout violence and fear, Terrence Rynne reminds us that there is a better way. He shows how Mohandas Gandhi, inspired by the Sermon on the Mount and the death of Jesus on the cross, offers hope for the world now. Gandhi's example and the record of nonviolent action since his death ???????????????????????? liberation of much of the world, from Poland to South Africa to the Philippines ???????????????????????? offers not only a model but a new way of understanding Christian salvation and our purpose on earth. Mr. Rynne makes the "better way" clear and compelling for both individuals and nations.

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Gandhi and Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence by Terrence J. Rynne has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Library Journal - 08/15/2008 page 91
  • Reference and Research Bk News - 08/01/2008 page 28

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Studio: Orbis Books
Pages   228
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.16" Width: 5.98" Height: 0.49"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2008
Publisher   Orbis Books
ISBN  1570757666  
ISBN13  9781570757662  

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More About Terrence J. Rynne

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Terrence J. Rynne, Ph.D., is a faculty member of the Archdiocesan Seminary at Mundelein, and professor of Peace Studies at Marquette University. He is the author of Gandhi and Jesus: (Orbis) 2008.

Terrence J. Rynne currently resides in Winnetka. Terrence J. Rynne was born in 1942.

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Justice Served  Sep 30, 2008
This book in short is probably the best I have read with regards to Gandhi and Jesus. Rynne does a superb job of describing Gandhi's spiritual journey, and how he became inspired by the works of Jesus, specifically the Sermon on the Mount. The nonviolence message from both Gandhi and Jesus is a difficult message to hear in our society today, but if you are ready to be transformed, then I highly recommend this book.
A Solid work on Gandhi and Jesus  Sep 28, 2008
This is a solid book of scholarship on Mohandas Gandhi, which illustrates his idea of non-violent resistance and how it helped inspire a generation of Christian Theologians. Gandhi was also partially inspired by Christianity, but the author is accurate to classify Gandhi first and foremost as a Hindu. There is a wealth of original quotes and sources here, so Rynne has done good research. His simple thesis is that Gandhi's non-violent resistance forces Christians to rethink our ethics of just war and our notion of salvation. Rynne should have gone a bit further on salvation, illustrating the simple but important point that in Gandhi's conception there was the idea that people of all religions can be saved, while for many Christians it has become a too-simple faith declaration in Christ as the litmus test for being saved. Rynne's last section on soteriology can be a bit abstract and wandering, but the patient reader will understand the idea of the Christian concept he wishes to illustrate. It is also very puzzling why Rynne chose not to include Martin Luther King Jr. as an obvious selection for a Christian who followed Jesus. Having King in there would have helped the book. As it stands, the book is a good statement of Gandhi's nonviolent beliefs, how they shaped and were shaped by Christianity, and what that means for the Christian ethicist today.
A Call to Dialogue between Jesus and Gandhi  Sep 3, 2008
Terrence Rynne gives the best description of Gandhi's thinking that I have read. He does so in a very readable way. He carefully explains the Sandskrit words that form the core of Gandhi's way to truth. Ganhi's struggle to find a positive word to describe nonviolent active resistence led him to Satyagraha - firmness in the truth. What would be a Christian word that conveys the idea of nonviolent active resistence after the way of Jesus? I propose the word agape - unselfish love.

I did not find his treatment of Jesus and Christian salvation as helpful. Rynne reviews the various Christian models for understanding salvation. Then he holds up the nonviolent resistance to domination taught by Jesus as the understanding of salvation that is closest to that of Jesus and his first disciples. This is a Satyagraha Christus Victor model of salvation. In this way to salvation, evil is overcome by nonviolent good thus avoiding the danger of becoming evil by using evil means to fight evil. The book is very much worth reading. It helps us to begin a dialogue between Jesus and Gandhi (and between their religions).
A Call to Satyagraha  Jul 22, 2008
I have been reading an amazing book, one that is speaking truth to my soul in such a way that is leading me to a spiritual renewal of The Way of Peace I discovered in my youth during the Vietnam War. Satyagraha is the faith-essence of Martin Luther King, of Thich Nhat Hanh, The Barrigan Brothers, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.

Would that this were true of Binyamin Netanyahu, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, George Bush and Richard Cheney, but like J.R.R.Tolkien reminded us two generations ago, "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely." If it is as pragmatically true as it is esoterically real -- "The first shall be last and the last shall be first" -- then lasting and universal power is found in "letting go" or "surrender" of self-will as a prerequisite to Purity of Heart.

By hallowed analogy, when the Pure in Heart come together in community, the life, faith and inspiration found in a mustard seed can give birth to a great social movement - it can move mountains.

The Hindus and the Buddhists claim that once the Seed of Truth has been planted in fertile soil and receives the rain of compassion and wisdom it will grow into a Tree of Life with roots interconnected to others in such a way that one can no longer perceive life as a tree separate from the life of the forest itself. Sound familiar? Same root system, same sunlight, same waters of life flowing through our veins while inspiring and respiring the common elements of universal life itself. From earth to air, from fire to water the elements nurture us until we Realize -- or make real within our minds and actions -- that we are part of a force, uncreated, undying, that occupies the Universe. Wherefore, we begin to act upon this Universal Truth, holding firmly to the life it inspires and avoiding all activity that would send us reeling backward into the hell-realms of suffering through which we passed on the way to Our Great Destiny, that Sublime Glory through which life and our universe is graced with the interplay of cohesive energy and sacred emptiness.

All of my heroes spoke of this Sublime Glory within which we breathe the substance of our lives -- Spiritus, Pneuma or Rhua -- in ever more expanding cycles of surrendering until it completely opens our minds and our hearts in devotion to its source and to the dedication of our lives to our common journey of return.

We soon learn through experience that all illusions that detract us from our common journey lead back to the suffering that comes of separation and the illusions of radical individuality and self-sufficiency, that self-ishness that drives our habitual and obsessive will to power over others and our common circumstances.

Community experience also teaches us that we do not progress on our sacred journeys alone for very long without becoming lost again. "It takes a village." We will achieve our enlightened liberation together or we will hang separately. One inspires another in virtue; the inspiration is mirrored back to him and is refined until all are resurrected in The Light.

This is the great realization of the Mahayana Movement, incipient during the time of Christ, himself recognized outside his Zeitgeist as a great Bodhisattva, a compassionate one who transcended his time to all-time.

This is Satyagraha. It is The Way of power and truth. It is The Great Insistent Way of speaking Truth to power. The Way of holding forth together in communion. It is the bread to nourish our bodies and the wine to fill our veins with vitality and peace. It IS our Body and our Blood. It is the Word of God from the mouths of the prophets through which all things came into being. It is the Imam singing from a thousand minarets. It is the true gospel and true dharma of our salvation and conforms to but one law of spiritual physics that can be wisely and compassionately expressed either negatively or positively, just as the symbol of the Tao reminds us: Ahimsa, "Do no harm," and Bhakti, "If you would practice devotion to God, love others as yourself."

Rome has fallen; Britannia drowned upon the seven seas. Terrence J. Rynne has answered the call to proclaim the good news within our own materialist empire, yet another spirit negating illusion built upon the machines of war and the worship of Mammon -- Pax Americana. Zealots of the right-wing are beginning to faintly perceive the Socratic Shadows on the walls of their mega-churches; yet their Simon Maguses continue to rail from their nationalistic pulpits, "Give us Barrabus!" In all that clamor and hypocrisy, how can we find the real Jesus and save our children from the grinding dirges of war? How can we turn from this madness? How can we "let go" into the Kingdom of Heaven?

The answer has always been sitting right there on the living room coffee table. Stop sending the pretentious zealots of televangelism your money and help them find Salvation in the Truth-Spirit of Compassion and Wisdom by inviting them to join us in the great Pan American Satyagraja marching arm-in-arm across the bridges of Selma, of Juarez, Nuevo Laredo, Ojinaga; across the Gulf to Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Cuba to Libertad, el mundo del promiso.

If you feel dumbfounded and without a clue reading memos like this one from the left-field bleachers and would like a more grounded explanation, for the sake of his sorrowful passion, and that graced and inspired acceptance of salvivic suffering described by Gandhi, read the book! It will restore our republic while it opens us to our neighbors whom we claim to love.

Gandhi and Jesus have much in common, even if they didn't preach about same god.  Jul 14, 2008
Gandhi and Jesus have much in common, even if they didn't preach about same god. "Gandhi & Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence" is a look at the concept of nonviolence and pacifism as a fundamental dimension of peace and spirituality. Hoping to inspire readers to follow Gandhi's and Jesus' common teachings in these times of war, rising crime rates, and other terrible problems, "Gandhi & Jesus: The Saving Power of Nonviolence" is deftly written and highly recommended for community library religious collections.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch

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