This article analyzes how Sebastian Kappen S.J. (1924-1993), a social thinker and one of the most radical Indian liberation theologians, related to Indian religions. It argues that Kappen, in spite of his criticism of the caste system, also found inspiration in Hinduism. He especially appreciated the ontic and cosmic understandings of transcendence and immanence, the inclusive interpretation of the divine, and the religious approach to nature. In addition, Kappen also valued other Asian religious traditions, such as Buddhism and the Bhakti movement. Being an anti-institutional and anti-hierarchical progressive theologian, Kappen used Indian religions as a challenge to his own Christian faith.
Thekkemuriyil Antony, Mathew and Goddeeris, Idesbald
"Buddha, Bhakti, and Brahman: Sebastian Kappen S.J.’s Dialogue with Indian Religions,"
Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies:
Vol. 30, Article 11.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.7825/2164-6279.1663