Lead, Kindly Light
By: Robert Ellsberg
* Catholic Media Association Award Winner / Ecumenism or Interfaith Relations
"Gandhi's call for mutuality and the hospitality of receiving wisdom from other traditions has never been more urgent. Ellsbergs book has been for me an indispensable decades-long companion, and the release of this expanded edition is a source of joy. Both students and Gandhi scholars will find treasure herein." -Dr. John J. Thatamanil, Union Theological Seminary
Widely regarded as one of the great moral prophets of the twentieth century, Gandhi conducted an ongoing dialogue with Christian believers and missionaries throughout his life. As a faithful Hindu, he was unwilling to accept Christian dogma. In Jesus, however, he recognized and revered one of history's great prophets of nonviolence. His criticism of contemporary Christianity was the failure of most Christians to embody the radical and revolutionary faith and action of Christ.
In addition to Gandhi's writings, this volume includes responses from Christian scholars and students of Gandhi highlighting his contributions to interreligious dialogue (Diana Eck), Christian self-understanding and practice (James Douglass and Ignatius Jesudasan, SJ), self-critical reform of Christian mission (Bob McCahill, MM), and reflections on the influence of his favorite hymn, Lead, Kindly Light (William Emilsen).
Robert Ellsberg is publisher of Orbis Books. He is the author of many books on saints and holy lives, including Modern Spiritual Masters and A Living Gospel: Reading Gods Story in Holy Lives (both Orbis).