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Buddha & Christ: Images Of Wholeness Hardcover – September 1, 2000

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"Beautiful without being showy, erudite without being pedantic, complex without being complicated. Surely it will help Christians better understand their Christianity, while making an appreciation of Buddhism accessible to a wider Western audience." Revd Dr William F. Fore "An extraordinary accomplishment which will be valued not just by Buddhists and Christians but by all who acknowledge the need for truth and beauty in the life of the world. Robert Elinor writes with a deep and insightful knowledge of his subject, presenting his material with skill, balance, sensitivity, truthfulness, and understanding." Ronald C. Maddox, General Secretary, The Buddhist Society --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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Robert Elinor. B.A., U.C.L.A.; M.Div. Union Theological Seminary; Ph.D. University of Edinburgh. Traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia studying the images and traditions described in this book, and has taught courses related to it at Vassar College and Reed College. Served as Dean of Faculty at New England College and Richmond College, U.K. An ordained Presbyterian minister, a member of the Buddhist Society, London, and the Society of Buddhist-Christian Studies. Lives on a hill in New Hampshire until the snows come, when he and his wife retreat to a small flat in Richmond, England.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Weatherhill; illustrated edition edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0834804468
  • ISBN-13: 978-0834804463
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 8.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,942,221 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are some books that you read cover to cover and can't put down; this is not one of them. Its a book you read, reflect for a few days, and go back and read again.
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I had a chance to thumb through the book on a recent trip to a bookstore. Having devoted a considerable time towards the study of religion, theology, and theosophy, I was pleased to see a worthwhile endeavor by Robert Elinor. In the end I came away with mixed feelings.
Visually the book has an academic appeal, and certainly it betrays the labor that has gone into it. Illustrated books like "Buddha & Christ" have a way of sparking off the latent curiosity in the free thinker as only visual aids can do. Unfortunately, I was not much impressed by the text, not because it was not written clearly, or that it flouts the rules of grammer, but because it misses the organizing principle that could have shed a bright light on such a topic. I am confident that such a work is on the horizon.
Often, mainstraem biblical historians, and scholars of religion are leery to admit that there was a common nursery for Judiasim, Chrisianity, Islam, Buddhism, Gnosticism, and Zorasterianism, to mention a few. In many cases, the leeriness comes from unwillingness to admit that Judaism predates Moses, Chrisianity predates Jesus, and Buddhism predates Gautama Sakayamuni by millennia. This is to say that much as they strive to show us the conspicuous parallels that exist between the various religious traditions or philospophical/theosophical traditions, scholars fall short of describing the elephant in toto. This, in my opinion, is the least forceful aspect of the text. Yet, overall, I believe Mr. Elinor's effort moves the quest forward, however slightly.
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By A Customer on November 27, 2000
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Bravo! The organization of powerful text together with beautiful images, draws clear, thoughtfully orchestrated parallels between two fascinating religions.
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By A Customer on November 27, 2000
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Bravo! The organization of powerful text together with beautiful images, draws clear, thoughtfully orchestrated parallels between two fascinating religions.
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A very well-written work containing much information, and pointing out a number of parallels in the lives of these two men.
A wide and distinguished selection of pictures enhances the text.
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