A hinduism without walls? Exploring the concept of the avatar interreligiously

Jeffery D. Long, Elizabethtown College


This chapter will explore the idea that the Vedanta tradition of Sri Ramakrishna is already, in a sense, an example of a Theology Without Walls. It will test this proposition through a study of the concept of the avatar: a central teaching of the Ramakrishna tradition that both distinguishes this tradition as one concrete tradition among others and forms a basis for an appreciative approach to other traditions through the idea that their founding figures might also be avatars, or divine incarnations, much as Ramakrishna himself is believed to be.