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Buddhist Christianity: A Passionate Openness by Ross Thompson

By Ross Thompson

It's attainable to be a Christian Buddhist within the context of a common trust that sits relatively calmly on either traditions. Ross Thompson takes specially heavily the facets of every religion that appear incompatible with the opposite, no God and no soul in Buddhism, for instance, and the necessity for grace and the ancient atonement at the pass in Christianity. Buddhist Christianity will be no bland mixture of the tamer features of either faiths, yet needs to end result from a wrestling of the seeming incompatibles, permitting each one religion to shake the opposite to its very foundations. the writer lines his own trip by which his want for either faiths grew to become painfully obvious. He explores the Buddha and Jesus via their teachings and the numerous groups that movement from them, investigating their various understandings of affliction and fallacious, self and liberation, meditation and prayer, cosmology and God or no longer? He concludes with a daring dedication to either faiths.

In this fascinating and intensely own checklist Ross Thompson tells the effect that either, Christianity and Buddhism even have on his personal spirituality and stocks with the reader his makes an attempt to maintain either in a a little demanding yet however jointly fertilizing and resonating courting that enables him to dwell as a Buddhist Christian. At a time whilst progressively more humans adventure that their very own spiritual identification is nourished by way of diverse spiritual traditions, many will locate this e-book worthy and encouraging whereas others will surely contest both the entire concept of mixing what they need to maintain segregated or the categorical ways that the writer strives to complete his target. ~ Perry Schmidt-Leukel, Professor of Intercultural Theology, collage of Muenster

The smooth multi-faith international has turn into a wealthy melting pot for spiritual rules. Faiths from jap and Western nations meet and impression each other. additionally, inside of every one culture, the impression of cultural variety throws open assorted strands of inspiration, tough the practitioner to discover a religious direction amid offerings in trust and perform which might have baffled our forefathers. Ross Thompson writes from his personal event of the sort of state of affairs. This ebook is, in lots of methods, an account of his trip. Coming from the center, it's a compelling learn, that is still rigorously argued and illustrated from Thompson's huge wisdom of the breadth of either traditions. A booklet which speaks to our time, this paintings could be fascinate, tell and problem someone with the openness to enquire the that means of religion ~ Caroline Brazier, writer of the opposite Buddhism, senior ordained member of Amida Order

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The argument that forms the core of my work is that, in conditions of late modernity, belief to many people is an expression of how they belong to each other. 16 This book is principally focused on sociology and anthropology, but the problem of neglecting how belief can be theorized runs through other disciplines as well. See, for an excellent treatment of problems within psychology, Wulff (1999). 27 2 A Research Journey Begins In Chapter 1, summaries of key debates and methodologies about belief showed how the anthropological and sociological disciplinary paths derived and then diverged from a Durkheimian approach to locating belief in the social, a theme to be more fully addressed in the following chapters.

There is an argument within the discipline that suggests people with no religion have no beliefs. Percy (2004, 39), for example, wrote: In the absence of religion, people tend to believe anything rather than nothing, and the task of the church must be to engage empathetically with culture and society, offering shape, colour and articulation to the voices of innate and implicit religion. Unconvinced about that argument, and noting its absence of supporting evidence, I decided to ask people to discuss with me what they believed in and where they thought they formed those beliefs, assuming they might believe in matters that were non-religious.

Interpret their responses widely, exploring such areas as content, sources, practice, salience, function, place, and time As I began to listen more closely to how people discussed their beliefs, I realized that they were not giving me coherent, creed-like statements, but lengthy and sometimes elaborate stories or ‘belief narratives’ that 11 The need to claim reflexivity may point to another possible distinction between belief and faith – one explored by Balzer (2008) in her study of Siberian shamanism in the context of post-Soviet transformations.

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