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Peoples of the Buddhist World: A Christian Prayer Guide Paperback – December 1, 2004
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Paul Hattaway is the director of Asia Harvest, an interdenominational ministry committed to serving the church throughout Asia. He is the author of Operation China, The Heavenly Man and Back to Jerusalem.
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"Hattaway claims that Buddhists, like other non-Christians, are leading empty meaningless lives and are actually just waiting to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Not surprisingly, the statistics he presents to his readers do not always bare this out. He shows that some Buddhist groups have been subjected to quite intense evangelization for years and yet have chosen to keep their faith. For example 32% of Kyerung of Nepal have heard the Gospel but 'few have understood the heart of the message.' Hattaway tells us that 'the American Baptists worked in the Tovyan area (of Burma) for many decades, but most of the converts they made were among the Karen people. They found the Tovyan people 'slow to respond to the gospel - a pattern that continues to this day.'
Dedicated and self-sacrificing missionaries have labored in Thailand for over 140 years but have made only miniscule numbers of converts. According to Hattaway there are 2000 foreign missionaries operating in Chiangmai - more than the actual number of Christians in the city."
Whatever happened to positive interfaith relations? Basically it went out of the window thanks to the growing tide of arrogant christian fundamentalism, of which this publication is a good example. It is basically a how-to guide to manipulating and pushing a right wing fundamentalist version of the christian religion down the throats of the people's of Asia, usually the less educated and more desperately poor of those people that make easy targets. Do not be fooled by the use of terms such as 'compassionate' in the write up for this work. Compassion has nothing to do with it. I am not a Buddhist either however I would not view Christianity as superior to this or most, if any, other religions. A world dominated by any one religious group, especially one from the belligerent Abrahamic group, would be nothing short of a disaster.
Would you go into the bookstore of a Buddhist temple, monastery or other institution and find guides to converting Christians or anyone else for that matter to Buddhism? No. Compare the histories of Buddhism and Christianity and ask yourself which has the more positive, non violent approach and has generated the least amount of evil and suffering in the world, especially in regards to attitudes towards other faiths or those with none.
I am disgusted with this publication and it's whole approach. What is needed are works to promote understanding, co-existence and co-operation between peoples of different faiths (and none), not this sort of rubbish promoting narrow minded brainwashing and a disdainful attitude to peoples of other religions.
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