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Religion scholar Diana Eck is director of the Pluralism Project, which seeks to map the new religious diversity of the United States, particularly the increasing presence of Hindu, Buddhist, and Muslim communities. In this tenth-anniversary edition of Encountering God, Eck shows why dialogue with people of other faiths remains crucial in today''s interdependent world--globally, nationally, and even locally. She reveals how her own encounters with other religions have shaped and enlarged her Christian faith toward a bold new Christian pluralism

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''In a splendid exposition of non-Christian approaches to God, Eck encourages an increased religious literacy that she suggests will contribute richness and diversity to our national identity.'' - Publishers Weekly

"There cannot be a wiser or more authoritative guide to this challenging world of diverse spirituality than Diana Eck."--Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God

"Eck has put the structure and content of her beliefs on the line while opening herself to encounter deep places of living, vibrant faith in other religious traditions. Her Christian faith commitment is apparent, as is her dedication to dialogue, and she has managed deftly to balance the two, presenting a nuanced discussion of the richness that can be gained from such authentic encounters both here and abroad."
-Parabola

"Although Encountering God is the work of a scholar and is throughout informed by scholarship, its intended audience is anyone who has ever entertained spiritual and religious questions."
-Boston Phoenix

"With this account of her life journey, Eck will be incorporated in the list of twentieth-century interpreters who have facilitated the conversations of men and women dedicated to the interior life."
-Booklist

"This book is not simply a personal diary. It is also both an urgent call for interreligious dialogue and a theological argument for that pluralism underlying such dialogue."
-Religious Studies Review

About the Author

Diana L. Eck is professor of comparative religion and Indian studies at Harvard University, and author of A New Religious America. She was involved in the interfaith dialogue program of the World Council of Churches for fifteen years.

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Raj Gavurla
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Enjoyable and Robust Conversations In My Interfaith Book Club
Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2016
Stimulated enjoyable and robust conversations in my interfaith book club. Hinduism is monotheistic not monotheistic and polytheistic as the author writes. It might be the most difficult concept for Westerners. The expanded "we" concept and we all are... See more
Stimulated enjoyable and robust conversations in my interfaith book club. Hinduism is monotheistic not monotheistic and polytheistic as the author writes. It might be the most difficult concept for Westerners. The expanded "we" concept and we all are interdependent is very powerful.
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broad-based excellence
Reviewed in the United States on November 8, 2006
Having lived in India for more than twenty two years after growing up Catholic and attending Catholic schools until I was a sophomore in college, I was deeply interested in Diana Eck''s book. She didn''t disappoint. Her commitment and depth of understanding of her own... See more
Having lived in India for more than twenty two years after growing up Catholic and attending Catholic schools until I was a sophomore in college, I was deeply interested in Diana Eck''s book. She didn''t disappoint. Her commitment and depth of understanding of her own religion is not diminished, but rather strengthened, widened and deepened by her willingness to understanding the spirituality of India. Rarely have I read a book about experiences in India that combine such intelligence with such deep openness to the truth of spirituality in traditions not one''s own. If the world had more such people in it, we might be closer to a unity of mankind whereby we widen ourselves to comprehend and benefit from the various ways God has manifested rather than circling the covered wagons to protect ourselves from any new ideas or experiences.
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Montana Methodist crashes headfirst into Hinduism. Superb
Reviewed in the United States on August 5, 2016
The author was a Republican Methodist from Montana who went East for college, and did a junior year in India on religious studies. This shaped her life, as she got a PhD in Religious Anthropology. She explores the religions of Asia with insight and respect, asking the... See more
The author was a Republican Methodist from Montana who went East for college, and did a junior year in India on religious studies. This shaped her life, as she got a PhD in Religious Anthropology. She explores the religions of Asia with insight and respect, asking the question, "How must this affect my own beliefs?" Superb insight into Hinduism.
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Reviewed in the United States on January 27, 2009
I discovered Encountering God in the library at New Melleray Abbey near Peosta, Iowa while on a meditation retreat. Diana Eck''s story of being a twenty-year-old white Christian college girl living in the crowded city of Banaras, India on the banks of the sacred Ganges... See more
I discovered Encountering God in the library at New Melleray Abbey near Peosta, Iowa while on a meditation retreat. Diana Eck''s story of being a twenty-year-old white Christian college girl living in the crowded city of Banaras, India on the banks of the sacred Ganges River drew me in immediately. As someone who lacks the courage for such adventure, her account allowed me to experience the Hindu culture of Banaras vicariously. There was not enough time to finish reading while at the monastery, so I bought a copy for myself when I got home.

The centerpiece of the book is her argument for religious and spiritual pluralism. She takes great scholarly care to lay out the problems with the alternatives to pluralism, namely religious exclusivity and religious inclusivity. Then she describes the importance of pluralism for peaceful coexistence of cultures and religions in our diverse world, quoting and relying on the teachings of Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda, Martin Luther King, John Hick, and many others. I came away wiser and almost totally in agreement with the author.
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Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2020
one of my favorite books.
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A heartening journey into the realities of an interfaith world
Reviewed in the United States on November 5, 2005
A hopeful and very personal account of Eck''s interfaith journey interwoven with the larger global dynamics of an interfaith world that we are only beginning to fathom and put into perspective. The book deepened my understanding of how we must proceed to grow beyond these... See more
A hopeful and very personal account of Eck''s interfaith journey interwoven with the larger global dynamics of an interfaith world that we are only beginning to fathom and put into perspective. The book deepened my understanding of how we must proceed to grow beyond these turbulent times. Eck explores her subject thoroughly and with great sensitivity. She leaves no misunderstanding about both the challenges and rewards of dialog, mutual respect, and understanding. I appreciated the quiet and reflective tone. Sip this book like a fine wine. It challenges and takes time to absorb, but is not academic.
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2015
Great content to help guide an interfaith journey toward mutual understanding and relationship building.
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Great read!
Reviewed in the United States on August 3, 2016
I read this for a class I was taking and it is great!
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