This book is for Christians who wish to develop their understanding of Buddhism. Examining key Buddhist doctrines such as non-self, karma and Dharma, Rory Mackenzie shows the reader ways of sensitively engaging with Buddhists. Informed by Karl Reichelt's contextualised approach, the book advocates friendship with Buddhists but at the same time maintaining missionary encounter. Drawing upon the author's experience on the mission field in Asia and work in the UK, the book offers helpful analogies, illustrations and conversation starters, making this a useful guide for those who wish to share their faith with Buddhist friends.
Mission in Context In Search of Asian Strategic Communication of the Gospel
There is a profusion of missional issues emerging in the Asian fields that call Christ's followers to actively witnessing the Truth. Missionaries from different continents have come to serve the Asian nations, and yet, these God's loving missionaries' effectiveness often seem to have left in the shade by some damaging fruits and (sometimes) being too much of Westernness stemming from a diversity of lacking knowledge particularly the local contexts to contextualize, and lack of preparation. The irrefutable finding is appealing within the Asian mission study in regard to the essentiality in equipping the Christians so that the ministries in Asia will experience the effectiveness in cultivating the diverse contexts (cultures) with the text (Scripture) they have. Many principles and practical information from this book grew out of the authors' experiences and the reflection of Missiologists and scholars such as Andrew Walls, Christopher Wright, Kazoh Kitamori, Paul Hiebert, etc.
‘The Ocean of God’conveys the proposition that the future of religions, if they will not want to contribute to the destruction of humanity, will become transreligious. Based on the assumption that the spiritual impulse of humanity cannot simply be eradicated, religiosity will persist in transreligious forms, as secularizations, naturalizations and transhumanist dreams only envision such transformations, but fall short in their ability to replace the force of spirituality to further civilized peace of human existence on Earth and its future in evolutionary, ecological and cosmological dimensions. In relating the contributions of religious pluralism to the concept of the unity of religions, which have arisen in this “new axial age” for overcoming the checkered history of religions in furthering peace, the program of a polyphilic pluralism with its transreligious discourse, based on the insight of the fundamental relativity of (religious) truth and the special contributions of process philosophy and theology as well as the Bahá'í universe of thought, analyses and projects a new religiosity or spirit enabling religions to overcome their deepest motives of strife and warfare.
Contextual Fundamental Theology undertakes to offer a theological foundation of the contemporary Christian faith. This undertaking is embedded in today's world "context" of a rapprochement between the Christian churches, intensified dialogue between Christians and Jews, the meeting of religions, but also their potential rejection. This book is intended as a workbook and resource for theological studies, but also for continuous education in theology.The handbook of fundamental theology is the result of twenty years of teaching and research and has already appeared in seven different languages. Hans Waldenfels held the chair at the university of Bonn from 1977–1997. Waldenfels came to Bonn after he had lived and worked in Japan for ten years. There as well as in other parts of Asia, inculturation became a life experience for him. Following the three classical topics of fundamental theology – God, Jesus Christ, the Church – Waldenfels asks how they fit into the different contexts of ethnic, cultural, religious and ideological circumstances of life. The handbook shows that modern Christian theology needs a profound knowledge and analysis of the diversity of human and social life. At the same time an equally deep involvement in the mystery of the divine as it appears in the life and death of Jesus Christ is of utmost importance. It calls for a strong connection between historical awareness and an insatiable desire of the infinite Beyond.
Breathtaking in its scope, yet down to earth in its ability to reach the average person, God and World Religions will change all who read it. This is a book pastors and laypersons of any religion or creed can understand. Paul Johnson has organized his material by theological topics for all interested in world religions. Comparing such themes as fear and love, and the divine-human relationship, Johnson takes the reader into new ways of looking at the beliefs of Native American, buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Islamic, Jewish, and other religions. Combing insights from scriptures, historical events, astronomy, and understandings of how language can be used, Johnson examines the deities, beliefs, practices, history, and traditions of all of the world's major religions.
'Right with God' is a study of what the Bible has to say about justification, along with reflections as to how this teaching ought to work out in a variety of contexts, around the world. In addition to the essays on particular parts of the Bible (Paul, Matthew, Luke, Acts, John, James), the book includes an essay assessing recent thought on justification, and another attempting to put together a synthesis of biblical perspectives on this important theme. One chapter relates justification and personal Christian living; another weighs the relationship between justification and social justice; yet another evaluates the treatment of justification in Roman Catholicism and in various interfaith dialogues. For some readers, however, the most innovative chapters will be those discussing the relevance of the Christian doctrine of justification by faith in Hindu, Islamic, and Buddhist contexts. The contributors have been drawn from evangelical communities around the world.
Description: The author in this book has made an attempt to explain, in simple terms, the intricate doctrinal framework of Buddhism. Whatever doctrinal framework of Buddhism may have developed in the course of its history, it has its roots in the basic assumptions of the Buddha, which he enunciated upon the attainment of supernal enlightenment. The basic assumption of the Buddha is that everything, including existence in the world, is characterised by the ill of suffering. There is existential suffering not because of God, but because of wrong views. The wrong views, according to the Buddha, have their source in the concept of an eternal and substantial self. Insofar as this belief in a permanent self persists, suffering is bound to occur. As no permanent stuff exists on account of fluxional nature of phenomenal reality, so the purpose of the Dhamma is to point out the way that would terminate in the eradication of belief in a substantial self. It is this a priori thesis of the Dhamma of the Buddha which has determined the world view of Buddhism, and thereby of Buddhists. In the book it is this vision of the Buddha that has been discussed threadbare. Contents Preface 1. The Conceptual Background 2. The Dhamma of the Buddha 3. The Post-Buddha Buddhism 4. Buddhist Morality 5. Buddhist Meditative Spirituality 6. Arahant 7. Eminent Buddhists 8. Buddhist Canon
A Buddhist Critique of the Christian Concept of God
Arguing About Religion is an ideal collection for students interested in contemporary philosophy of religion and related disciplines. This volume brings together primary readings from over 40 of the world's leading philosophers of religion, covering a broad range of issues. Set alongside these works of academic philosophy are excerpts from controversial popular works by Daniel Dennett and Richard Dawkins, in order to introduce the philosophical issues in a way that demonstrates their relevance to everyday life and sets them in the context of contemporary cultural discourse. The volume is divided into 6 parts, helping the student get to grips with classic and core arguments. Topics covered include: methodological issues in philosophy of religion God's nature and existence evil and divine hiddenness providence and interaction the afterlife religion and contemporary life Featuring lucid general and section introductions and a glossary by volume editor Kevin Timpe, Arguing About Religion is an ideal starting point for students coming to philosophy of religion for the first time.