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Jesus for a Buddhist Paperback – July 18, 2012
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About the Author
Scott MacPherson, MS, JD, has been living, studying, and discussing theology, religions, and the philosophy of religion since 1986. He writes from an Integral Spirituality level of understanding.
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MacPherson starts with a simple and elegant precis of the essential data, or if you would prefer, beliefs, of both religions. He goes on to show the similarities that are present in the moral and spiritual bases of both faiths. It also does not hurt that he does so in simple, elegant language.
If I have any critiques of his book, they are simply two: 1) the book is too short; and 2) he deals mainly with the common Western Christian beliefs, and not enough with the point at which Christianity and Buddhism intersect the most: in the spiritual and ascetic practices of the Eastern, and more particularly, in the Orthodox Church. I would invite him to examine those further, and I have every confidence that once he does so, the second edition of this otherwise excellent work will be even better than it already is.
This is not, however, to detract from the excellence of his work. I recommend it to all who are interested in the dialogue between Christians and Buddhists, or those who better wish to understand their own faith by comparing it with others.
Do not miss this opportunity. Books like this one come along only once in a lifetime.
[Co-Author of "Head and Heart: Conversations Toward An Integral Friendship," soon to be published by Integral Publishers.]
[Co-Author of "Head and Heart: Conversations Toward An Integral Christianity," now available through Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes&Noble (Nook).]
For those who have neither the time nor the patience to do this, my basic assertion regarding the author's general line of thinking is this: any attempt to meld the Buddha's teaching with Christianity (or vice versa) will inevitably distort one or both traditions because they are NOT compatible. In every case I've seen where someone tried it, they get the facts wrong as regards the Buddha's teaching and they (mis)interpret the Judaeo-Christian tradition as being primarily some sort of mystical praxis. The first comes from intellectual laziness--they don't do the hard work of finding out what the Buddha actually meant--while on the other hand they are intellectually dishonest, construing the Biblical tradition to fit their own predilections as opposed to discovering what the texts and tradition think of themselves. Scott MacPherson is guilty on both accounts. If you want the details, please read my blog.
I am giving the book three stars because Mr. MacPherson has made a lot of effort to think about these difficult topics; regrettably, he has failed to illuminate them.