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Buddhist Christianity: A Passionate Openness [Kindle Edition]

Ross Thompson
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Book Description

It is possible to be a Christian Buddhist in the context of a universal belief that sits fairly lightly on both traditions. Ross Thompson takes especially seriously the aspects of each faith that seem incompatible with the other, no God and no soul in Buddhism, for example, and the need for grace and the historical atonement on the cross in Christianity. Buddhist Christianity can be no bland blend of the tamer aspects of both faiths, but must result from a wrestling of the seeming incompatibles, allowing each faith to shake the other to its very foundations. The author traces his personal journey through which his need for both faiths became painfully apparent. He explores the Buddha and Jesus through their teachings and the varied communities that flow from them, investigating their different understandings of suffering and wrong, self and liberation, meditation and prayer, cosmology and God or not? He concludes with a bold commitment to both faiths.

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Thompson, an Anglican priest, poses profound, liberating and troubling questions to anyone involved in either Buddhism or Christianity. And he poses the further question: how do we, in integrity, belong to both? (Gavin D'Costa, Professor of Catholic Theology, University of Bristol) On topics ranging from the nature of the self to the nature of the universe, Thompson brings Buddhism and Christianity into a conversation that both prods and enlightens. For Christians, the end result is to be a Christian in a Buddhist way. For many Christians, I suspect, it will be a more satisfying way. I look forward to using this book with my students. (Paul Knitter, Paul Tillich Professor of Theology, World Religions, and Culture, Union Theological Seminary) This book makes a valuable contribution to the emerging debate; it will appeal to scholars and non-scholars alike. (Dr. Rose Drew, Acting Director of the Centre for Inter-Faith Studies, University of Glasgow)

About the Author

Ross Thompson has served for 20 years as an Anglican priest and lectured in theology and spirituality. He is the author of several well-acclaimed books on Christian spirituality.

Product Details

  • File Size: 949 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1846943361
  • Publisher: John Hunt Publishing (August 27, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, potent, terrific writing April 6, 2013
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For anyone who finds vital meaning in both Christianity and Buddhism, anyone interested in intelligent ways to reconcile their differences while foregrounding their real affinities, this is a great read. Not for fundamentalists--Thompson's understanding of Christianity is more from the mystical and nonliteral traditions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it June 5, 2014
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Being a Christian who has always been intrigued with The Buddhist philosophies and principles. I bought this book, read it, contemplated it, and am pleased that I did. I now believe that if Siddhartha ever came back into our world, it was as Christ, to teach an easier path.
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