A World on Fire
Sharing the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises with Other Religions
Erin Cline examines why this ought to be done, for whom, and what the aims of such an adaptation would be, including the different theological justifications for this practice. She concludes that there are compelling reasons for sharing the Exercises with members of other religions and that doing so coheres with the central mission of the Jesuits. A World on Fire goes on to examine the question of how the Exercises can be faithfully adapted for members of other religions. In outlining adaptations for the Hindu, Buddhist, and Confucian traditions that draw upon the traditional content of the Exercises supplemented by the texts of these religious traditions, Cline shows how Ignatian spirituality can help point the way to a different kind of inter-religious dialogue – one that is not bound up in technical terminology or confined to conversations between theologians and religious leaders. Rather, in making the Spriitual Exercises accessible to members of other faith traditions, we are as Pope Francis puts it, "living on a frontier, one in which the Gospel meets the needs of the people to whom it should be proclaimed in an understandable and meaningful way."
A World on Fire will be of interest to comparative theologians and scholars working on inter-religious dialogue, religious pluralism, contemplative studies, and spirituality, as well as Jesuit priests and other practitioners who employ the Spiritual Exercises in their ministry.
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"A World on Fire offers the reader pioneering work in the area of interspiritual dialogue. One of its great strengths is the careful balance between preserving the integrity of St. Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Exercises and respecting the non-Christian religious traditions the author invites into this dialogue. All those who care about the future of the encounter of Christianity with other world religions need to have this rich volume in their library. –"—Brian McDermott, Georgetown University
"Professor Cline brings new insight into the 500-year-tradition of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. In keeping with the central Ignatian principle of adaptation to meet current needs, she effectively takes up the challenge of considering how the Exercises may help those from Asian religions grow spiritually. With deep respect for the Christian tradition, she presents the Exercises as a bridge to interreligious dialogue that Ignatius could not have imagined but would likely applaud."—Kevin O'Brien, author of The Ignatian Adventure: Experiencing the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius in Daily Life
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