True and Holy: Christian Scripture and Other Religions, offers Christian readings of Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Buddhist holy texts, illustrates a hermeneutic of generosity that yields new bases for friendship and mutual understanding. In recent decades Catholics and many other Christians have undergone a major shift in relations with other religious traditions and in biblical interpretation.
This new hermeneutics of generosity seeks to uncover what can be learned from other holy texts and the communities that treasure them, and also seeks to find common ground on important issues such as human rights and religious liberty. Lefebure notes the challenges and tensions in the relationship between Christians and these four other religious communities. He concludes with a reflection on the experience of conversion from a hermeneutics of hostility to a hermeneutics of generosity in light of the theology of Bernard Lonergan and the mimesis theory of Rene Girard.
Leo Lefebure, Author
Leo D Lefebure is Matteo Ricci Professor of Theology at Georgetown University, Washington, DC. His books include The Path of Wisdom: A Christian Commentary on the Dhammapada (recipient of the 2011 Frederick J. Streng Book of the Year Award from the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies), and Revelation, the Religions and Violence (Pax Christi Book Award winner). He is a trustee of the Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions.