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The Truth Within: A History of Inwardness in Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism

Gavin Flood


This book argues that the idea that there is a truth within the person discovered through introspection is found in the histories of Hinduism, Christianity, and Buddhism. The book examines this metaphor and the methods developed in those religions to realize it, particularly prayer and meditation. In Christianity and some forms of Hinduism the truth within is linked to the idea of God within. These premodern views of inwardness can be contrasted with a modern understanding of the person. In examining the truth within in Christianity, Hinduism, and Buddhism the book offers a hermeneutical pheno ... More

Keywords: Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, inwardness, comparative religion, phenomenology, premodern religion

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199684564
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199684564.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gavin Flood, author
Professor of Hindu Studies and Comparative Religion, Oxford University.