Buddhist-Christian Dialogue as Theological Exchange: An by Ernest M. Valea

By Ernest M. Valea

This publication is meant to motivate using comparative theology in modern Buddhist-Christian discussion as a brand new method that might really admire every one spiritual tradition's distinctiveness and make discussion priceless for all members attracted to a true theological alternate.

As as a result the deadlock reached by way of the present theologies of religions (exclusivism, inclusivism, and pluralism) in formulating a positive procedure in discussion, this quantity assesses the idea of the founding fathers of a tutorial Buddhist-Christian discussion looking for clues that may motivate a comparativist procedure. those founding fathers are thought of to be 3 vital representatives of the Kyoto School--Kitaro Nishida, Keiji Nishitani, and Masao Abe--and John Cobb, an American procedure theologian.

The guiding line for assessing their perspectives of debate is the concept that of human perfection, because it is expressed via the unique traditions in Mahayana Buddhism and Orthodox Christianity. Following Abe's technique in discussion, an Orthodox contribution to comparative theology proposes a reciprocal enrichment of traditions, no longer by means of syncretistic capacity, yet via delivering a greater figuring out or even correction of one's personal culture while contemplating it within the mild of the opposite, whereas utilizing inner assets for making the required corrections.

"Ernest Valea has written a ebook that's remarkably transparent, splendidly perceptive, and stress-free to learn. it really is available to experts and the final reader alike. In introducing Romanian Orthodox resources into the present debates in Christian-Buddhist reviews, Valea is very unique. . . . [This ebook] is very prompt as either an important contribution to the sphere and likewise an incredibly transparent and stimulating creation to the kingdom of the discipline."

--Paul Williams, Emeritus Professor of Indian and Tibetan Philosophy, Centre for Buddhist stories, college of Bristol

"A weighty theological contribution characterised via extraordinary scholarly assurance of recent traits inside comparative theology. utilizing the concept that of human perfection as Buddhahood in Mahayana Buddhism and as Theosis in Orthodox Christianity, Valea is bringing the main major voices in the traditions into dialog, producing clean insights and breaking new flooring for Buddhist-Christian discussion. [A] thorough, considerate, and thought-provoking discourse inviting the reader to have interaction with the opposite within the pluralistic, multireligious global of today."
--Parush R. Parushev, CSc, PhD, Director of the Institute for Systematic reports of Contextual Theologies with the Centre for simply Peacemaking examine and Research,
International Baptist Theology learn Centre Amsterdam

Ernest M. Valea provided this publication as his PhD thesis on the college of Wales (2013). he's the writer of The Buddha and the Christ: Reciprocal Views (2008).

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