Buddhist and Christian?: An Exploration of Dual Belonging

Buddhist and Christian?: An Exploration of Dual Belonging

by Rose Drew
     
 

The last century witnessed a gradual but profound transformation of the West's religious landscape. In today's context of diversity, people are often influenced by, and sometimes even claim to belong to, more than one religious tradition. Buddhism and Christianity is a particularly prevalent and fascinating combination. This book is the first detailed exploration

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Overview

The last century witnessed a gradual but profound transformation of the West's religious landscape. In today's context of diversity, people are often influenced by, and sometimes even claim to belong to, more than one religious tradition. Buddhism and Christianity is a particularly prevalent and fascinating combination. This book is the first detailed exploration of Buddhist Christian dual belonging, engaging - from both Buddhist and Christian perspectives - the questions that arise, and drawing on extensive interviews with well-known individuals in the vanguard of this important and growing phenomenon.

The book looks at whether it is possible to be authentically Buddhist and authentically Christian given the differences in beliefs and practices. It asks whether Buddhist Christians are irrational, religiously schizophrenic or spiritually superficial; or whether the thought and practice of Buddhism and Christianity can be reconciled in a way that makes possible deep commitment to both. Finally, the book considers whether the influence of Buddhist Christians on each of these traditions is something to be regretted or celebrated.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415611237
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/14/2011
Series:
Routledge Critical Studies in Buddhism Series
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
0.62(w) x 0.92(h) x 2.10(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Interviewee Profiles Part I: Facing the Ultimate 3. God 4. Jesus Christ and Gautama Buddha Part II: Treading the Path 5. Salvation or Liberation 6. Practice 7. Conclusion

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