Paul F. Knitter

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Paul F. Knitter
Paul Francis Knitter

(1939-02-25) February 25, 1939 (age 80)
Spouse(s)Cathy Cornell (m. c. 1984)[1]
Academic background
Alma mater
Academic work
Main interestsReligious pluralism

Paul Francis Knitter (born 1939) was the Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture at Union Theological Seminary, New York City.[2] He continues as the Emeritus Professor of Theology, World Religions and Culture.[3] He was formerly Emeritus Professor of Theology at Xavier University in Cincinnati.[4] Since publishing his book, No Other Name? (1985), Knitter has been widely known for his religious pluralism. Along with his friend and colleague, the Protestant philosopher of religion John Hick, Knitter came under criticism from Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, later known as Pope Benedict XVI.

In 1984 he was one of 97 theologians and religious persons who signed A Catholic Statement on Pluralism and Abortion, calling for pluralism and discussion within the Catholic Church regarding the church's position on abortion.[5]

Early life and education[edit]

Knitter was born on February 25, 1939, in Chicago, Illinois. He holds a licentiate from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome (1966), as well as a doctorate from the University of Marburg, Germany (1972).



  • Knitter, Paul F. (1974). Towards a Protestant Theology of Religions (PhD). Marburger Theologische Studien. 11. Marburg: N.G. Elwert. ISBN 9783770804856. OCLC 611481104.


  • ——— (1985). No Other Name? A Critical Survey of Christian Attitudes toward World Religions. American Society of Missiology series. 7. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. ISBN 9780883443477.
  • ———; Hick, John, eds. (1987). The Myth of Christian Uniqueness: Toward a Pluralistic Theology of Religions. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books.
  • ———; Hill, Brennan; Madges, William (1989). Faith, Religion, and Theology: A Contemporary Introduction. Twenty-Third Publications.
  • ———; Corless, Roger, eds. (1990). Buddhist Emptiness and Christian Trinity Essays and Explorations. Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press. ISBN 9780809131310.
  • ———; Cobb, Jr., John B.; Hellwig, Monika; Swidler, Leonard (1990). Death or Dialogue: From the Age of Monologue to the Age of Dialogue. London: SCM Press. ISBN 9780334024453.
  • ———, ed. (1990). Pluralism and Oppression: Theology in World Perspective. Annual publication of the College Theology Society. 34. Lanham: University Press of America. ISBN 9780819179043.
  • ——— (1995). One Earth Many Religions: Multifaith Dialogue and Global Responsibility. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. ISBN 9781570750373.
  • ——— (1996). Jesus and the Other Names: Christian Mission and Global Responsibility. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. ISBN 9781570750533.
  • ——— (1997). Swidler, Leonard; Mojzes, Paul (eds.). The Uniqueness of Jesus: A Dialogue with Paul Knitter. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. ISBN 9781570751233.
  • ——— (2002). Introducing Theologies of Religions. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. ISBN 9781570754197.
  • ———; Muzaffar, Chandra, eds. (2002). Subverting Greed: Religious Perspectives on the Global Economy. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. ISBN 9781570754463.
  • ——— (2005). The Myth of Religious Superiority: multifaith explorations of religious pluralism. Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books. ISBN 9781570756276.
  • ——— (2009). Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian. Oxford: Oneworld. ISBN 9781851686735.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Knitter, Paul F. (2009). Without Buddha I Could Not Be a Christian. London: Oneworld (published 2013). p. xvi. ISBN 978-1-78074-248-9.
  2. ^ "Paul F. Knitter". Union Theological Seminary. Archived from the original on January 5, 2010. Retrieved January 20, 2010.
  3. ^ "Faculty Emeriti/ae". Union Theological Seminary. Retrieved March 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "Paul F. Knitter Biographical Summary". Friends Theological College. Retrieved 20 January 2010.
  5. ^ Keller, Rosemary Skinner; Ruether, Rosemary Radford; Cantlon, Marie (2006). Encyclopedia of Women and Religion in North America. 3. Indiana University Press. pp. 1104–1106. ISBN 978-0-253-34688-9.