"Without Ceasing to Be a Christian"

A Catholic and Protestant Assess the Christological Contribution to Raimon Panikkar

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Erik Ranstrom, Bob Robinson
  • Minneapolis, MN : 
    Fortress Press
    , December
     280 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Wesley Ariarajah forthcoming.


Since his death in 2010, there has been continuing and growing interest in the life, vision, and thought of the late Spanish-Indian mystical theologian Raimon Panikkar. This volume offers a descriptive and critical assessment of Panikkar’s life and extensive writings about Christ. The chapters by Erik Ranstrom describe the intellectual and ecclesial development of Panikkar amidst his vast corpus, offering a sympathetic but not uncritical evaluation of his legacy and influence. Ranstrom retrieves Panikkar’s early Christology as a key to overcoming various impasses in the theology of religions today. Bob Robinson’s chapters introduce an ecumenical and Protestant perspective, including Panikkar’s reception in Protestant circles. Robinson also compares and contrasts Panikkar with a range of Indian theologians, both Catholic and Protestant, writing in India during Panikkar’s time there and suggests the possibilities of mutual enrichment. The authors’ intention is to provide an accessible journey into the fascinating and intimidating world of Panikkar’s thought. The conclusion features an ecumenical dialogue between Ranstrom and Robinson, as both scholars seek to further understand and learn from each other’s perspectives on this pioneer of interreligious spirituality and theology.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Erik Ranstrom is Assistant Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Rosemont College in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. He holds a PhD in comparative theology from Boston College and has published articles and essays on Panikkar, the theology of religions, and contemplative spirituality.

Bob Robinson is Senior Research Fellow in the School of Theology at Laidlaw College in New Zealand. He is the author of Jesus and the Religions: Retrieving a Neglected Example for a Multicultural World(2012) and Christians Meeting Hindus: An Analysis and Critique of the Hindu-Christian Encounter (2004).


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