In this fascinating volume, theologian and philosopher Richard Hooper reveals the common spiritual threads of the world's great religious traditions.
Hooper organizes hundreds of sayings attributed to Jesus, Buddha, Krishna and Lao Tzu thematically and assembles these parallel sayings into four columns for easy reference. Culled from more than fifty ancient Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Taoist texts, Jesus, Buddha, Krishna, and Lao Tzu includes topics such as, "The Great Way, "Suffering," and more.
Each topic includes an insightful introduction that sends a powerful message that will be welcomed by all who seek the truth within, and within their own spiritual tradition.
About the Author
Richard Hooper is a former Lutheran pastor with degrees in both theology and the philosophy of world religions. Once a nationally syndicated radio commentator on religion, Hooper is now a columnist for United Press International's web forum: ReligionandSpirituality.com, and has recently founded The Sedona Institute for Comparative Theology. His other books include The Crucifixion of Mary Magdalene and The Gospel of the Unknown Jesus. Visit him at: religionandspirituality.com
"In this book, former minister Richard Hooper presents the basic building blocks of world spirituality...Here one finds our common thread in the universality of spirituality." -Adrian Ravarour, PhD, American Catholic Church bishop
"I was much taken by the idea of this book when I first learned it was in the making, but the execution of it-the reality of it-is just wonderful. Its publication is a truly timely event, bound to nourish those who are soul-weary of combativeness in the name of religion." -Carol Lee Flinders, PhD, author of Enduring Lives: Portrait of Women and Faith in Action
"A much needed journey into the minds and hearts of the great prophets of our world; academic, yet heart-filled, stimulating and illuminating...This rare text answers many questions that others leave hanging, and touches the spirit as well as the mind." -Alan Cohen, author of How Good Can it Get and A Deep Breath of Life
"Richard Hooper sends a powerful message that will be welcomed by all who seek the truth within, and within their own tradition." -Jeff Cox, Snow Lion Publications
"A priceless treasury of interfaith understanding." -Brother David Steindl-Rast
"Richard Hooper shatters any preconceived notions that there is only 'one way' to enlightenment. Instead he blazes a path of collective understanding beyond dogma toward finding the divinity within ourselves" -Judy Martin, NPR journalist and founder of WorkLifeMonitor.com