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Buddhism

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In this clear introduction to Buddhism, Keith Yandell and Harold Netland lay out the central metaphysical claims of this significant world religion. The product of a joint effort of a Christian philosopher and a theologian who has had significant...


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In this clear introduction to Buddhism, Keith Yandell and Harold Netland lay out the central metaphysical claims of this significant world religion. The product of a joint effort of a Christian philosopher and a theologian who has had significant first-hand experience of Buddhism ^Provides a fair description of the ways and claims of Buddhism ^Offers a clear and in-depth comparison of Christianity and Buddhism ^Helps Christians better interact with Buddhists ^Enables readers to grasp the differences and similarities of the two religions A concluding chapter offers an honest comparison with Christianity. The authors acknowledge some overlap of belief while also noting the clear and significant differences between the two religions. As both religions affirm, these distinctions have enormous consequences for the spiritual well-being of adherents. This book guides any reader who wants to know Buddhism more deeply and how it compares to Christian faith.
-Publisher.

"At last we have a book that moves beyond the inaccurate, rather imprecise and sentimental level of so many books about Buddhism and the Christian-Buddhist encounter, and focuses on a serious consideration of Buddhist truth claims. The opening chapters give an acceptable first survey of Buddhism, and include material on dimensions of Buddhism, such as the personalist school and the historical context for the introduction of some rather idiosyncratic forms of Japanese Zen into the West, that are often neglected in popular introductions. It gives enough detail on Buddhist doctrines for one new to the subject to understand what the issues are and engage in a critical yet respectful manner with them. At many points this clearly written and readable book corrects, from the point of view of Buddhism as it has existed in history and in its Asian context, common Western misperceptions of Buddhism. But the really exciting section of this book is the philosophical analysis of key Buddhist doctrines such as not-self and momentariness. Netland and Yandell take Buddhist truth claims seriously, as Buddhists ask us to do, and in their analysis of those claims they make a truly original contribution, pitched at an accessible yet refined level of philosophical sophistication and knowledge of Buddhist doctrines and debates. The book throws down a challenge to Buddhists to clarify what they mean when they make their claims, and to enter into debate in defense of their truth. This philosophical analysis is followed by an outline of some absolutely fundamental differences between Christianity and Buddhism, and Christ and the Buddha. Here we see the basis of a critical Christian theological engagement with Buddhism as a religion. The book challenges Christians to move beyond polite small talk or minimalizing of essential differences that demand choice and commitment, and engage with Buddhists in debating their mutually incompatible claims to (as the Buddhists put it) 'see things the way they really are' regarding God, Jesus Christ, personhood, and our meaning, purpose and destiny. This book shows us (to use another Buddhist expression) 'analytical meditation' at its finest. It is an exciting book that I shall certainly use and recommend to my students. For those Christians and Buddhists who take truth seriously, and understand the significance of reasoning in making crucial choices, Netland and Yandell's book will contribute significantly to setting the agenda for serious dialogue between Christianity and Buddhism for some time to come."
-Publisher

The disproportionate influence of Buddhist thought and philosophy found in cultural circles such as education, entertainment and the media coupled with the dramatic recent surge of asian immigrants, many of whom are Buddhist, has brought Buddhism to the forefront of Western culture. And more and more of those who have become disenfranchised from Christian spirituality are embracing Buddhism as a replacement way of organizing their life. In this clear and balanced introduction, Keith Yandell and Harold Netland set out to educate Christians about Buddhism, laying out the central metaphysical claims of this significant world religion, including a concluding chapter which offers an honest comparison with Christianity. The authors acknowledge some overlap of belief while also noting the clear and significant differences between the two religions. As both religions affirm, these distinctions have enormous consequences for the spiritual well-being of adherents. This book guides any reader who wants to understand the central tenets and claims of Buddhism more deeply and how learn how it compares to Christian faith.
-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL
  • Catalogue Code 292169
  • Product Code 9780830838554
  • ISBN 0830838554
  • EAN 9780830838554
  • Pages 230
  • Department Academic
  • Category World Religions
  • Sub-Category Buddhism
  • Publisher Intervarsity Press Usa
  • Publication Date Jun 2009
  • Sales Rank 63928
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 17mm
  • Weight 0.408kg

Harold Netland

Harold A. Netland (Ph.D.,Claremont Graduate School, where he studied under Professor John Hick) is professor of philosophy of religion and intercultural studies and the Naomi A. Fausch chair of missions at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to coming to Trinity, Dr. Netland was a missionary in Japan with the Evangelical Free Church of America. Dr. Netland's areas of expertise include religious pluralism, epistemology of religion, apologetics, and missions in East Asia. He is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Society of Christian Philosophers.
Dr. Netland's published works include Dissonant Voices: Religious Pluralism and the Question of Truth; Encountering Religious Pluralism: The Challenge to Christian Faith and Mission and Spirituality without God: Buddhist Enlightenment and Christian Salvation, as well as numerous articles in such journals as Religious Studies, Faith and Philosophy, and Missiology. He also co-edited Christianity and the Religions (William Carey Library).

Keith E Yandell

Keith E. Yandell (Ph.D., Ohio State University) is Julius R. Wienberg Professor of Philosophy and South Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author and editor of numerous books on Philosophy of Religion from an evangelical perspective. Most recently with Harold Netland a critique of Buddhism- Spirituality without God: a Christian critique of Buddhism, along with Hume's "Inexplicable Mystery": His Views on Religion; The Epistemology of Religious Experience; The Soul: defence of the evidential value and the forthcoming Philosophy of Religion: an Encyclopaedia . He is currently working on perfect being theology and the problem of freedom and foreknowledge.
Koorong -Editorial Review.

  • Introduction
  • 1 Early Buddhism
  • 2 The Dharma Goes East
  • 3 The Dharma Comes West
  • 4 Aspects Of Buddhist Doctrine
  • 5 Some Buddhist Schools And Issues
  • 6 The Dharma Or The Gospel?
  • Bibliography
  • Index

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