John J. Thatamanil

  • John J. Thatamanil

    John J. Thatamanil is Professor of Theology and World Religions at Union Theological Seminary in New York. He is the author of Circling the Elephant: A Comparative Theology of Religious Diversity, and a newly ordained Anglican priest and diocesan theologian for the Diocese of Islands and Inlets.

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A debate on human goodness

Recently, a theological dispute broke out in the public square: a relatively rare occurrence in our post-theological era. Conservative evangelicals are irate about Pope Francis’s

Why the church is called to listen and discern

Few words are more central to Christian life than “discernment.” A dictionary (Oxford Languages) offers two definitions, one simple, one complex and nuanced: the ability

Behaving not believing

When Christians encounter people from other traditions, they are often inclined to ask, in a spirit of curiosity, “What do you believe?” This might seem

My New Year’s resolution? “I am loved”

Nothing will make you feel like real change is impossible than personal struggles with transformation. The beginning of the New Year is almost always an

Beauty, the forgotten name of God

Holy Mystery, Poet of the World, empower us to know and praise you rightly. Teach us once more that you are not just the True,

Making sense of Advent expectation

“He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.” ~ The Nicene Creed The

Remembering nature as the place of God

The following sermon was delivered at the diocesan We Together conference, which took place in Nanaimo on Sept. 30–Oct. 1. You can watch this sermon

Treasure in earthen vessels

Few questions are harder than asking, How do we serve as caretakers of broken institutions that, nonetheless, bear within them a healing treasure? While the

Living out the Sermon on the Mount

This past week, I finally got around to reading a letter of historic importance — lost for nearly 90 years and republished only last January.

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