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Feb 10Liked by Addison Hodges Hart

Thank you for introducing this insightful teacher. The Christian Century interview is short but pithy - gets to some challenging questions. One I’m not sure he answers - but nor can I! “But how does one avoid falling into a vague religious syncretism made up of different expressions of religion?” . Maybe it doesn’t matter.

I also can’t help wanting to defend the church as an organisation as well as an organism . After all, humans just do function by creating organisations. And, again I could be completely wrong here, aren’t we able to quote Christ only by virtue of such an organisation recording his words in writing?

As always - thank you for these inspiring posts.

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Feb 12Liked by Addison Hodges Hart

When I was a Religious Studies major at UC Santa Cruz in the early 1970s I had the opportunity to attend a lecture that Raimon Pannikar gave at the invitation of his friend and my mentor Noel King. At the time I was in the process of coming back to the Catholic Church and was somewhat dismissive and even contemptuous, with the arrogance that can only belong to a smarty-pants 19-year old, of my fellow students who were abandoning the traditions of the West for Hinduism, Buddhism, etc. Pannikar's words that day opened a window of not only tolerance but respect and understanding in my mind and soul. I cherish his memory and thank you for bringing him back into view for me.

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Feb 12Liked by Addison Hodges Hart

During the 80's I read Blessed Simplicity: the monk as archetype, and found it very interesting. However, I didn't have the theological maturity at the time to fully appreciate his work. Actually, I began thinking about that book not too long ago, so I am glad for this article. I will read the Unknown Christ of Hinduism soon.

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Thank you. Pannikar's exploration of “the cosmotheandric experience" has been hugely important and inspiring to me in my contemplative work as a psychologist, Christian theologian and Buddhist. His adventure into the Holy Trinity as three dimensions of consciousness inspired me to write "My Dear Far-Nearness: The Holy Trinity as Spiritual Practice" (Orbis, 2022). God bless you, Raimon.

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Feb 10Liked by Addison Hodges Hart

What a fascinating man. As a somewhat bumbling Buddhist of the Theravada school, a good number of posts here are only of limited use to me (though still hugely thought-provoking, to be sure!), but this...He reminds me a little of Fr. Bede Griffiths (who I also mean to learn more about one of these days). I'll look forward to both reading and watching him.

Thank you very much for this!

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