The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha
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Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 7.25 X 5.00 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Great Conversations
From the Hardcover edition.
From the Hardcover edition.
One of a four-part series called Great Conversations, this book serves as a balanced and fair scrutiny of Christianity and Buddhismwhere the two religions agree, where they disagree, and which has the better claim to truth. Through a unique concept, Zacharias (a renowned Christian scholar) gives Christians clear insight into the central tenetsand, more importantly, the hidden failuresof Buddhism.
Though it doesn't make for an exciting afternoon of reading, The Lotus and the Cross delves deep into murky and fascinating topics, from the purpose of suffering to the nature of truth to the existence of the human soul. Altogether, the book serves as an excellent resource for readers seeking to "be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that [they] have" (1 Peter 3:15), or anyone who wants to give a Buddhist friend a thought-provoking Christmas or birthday gift. Chandler Birch, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
BRUCE WILKINSON, AUTHOR OF THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER THE PRAYER OF JABEZ
"The works of Ravi Zacharias are a vital resource around our house, and this latest addition to our intellectual arsenal is delightfully different: a vivid, dramatized meeting of the minds through which the truth of the gospeland Dr. Zachariass impeccable logicshines forth with enjoyable clarity."
"Ravi Zacharias is a first-rate thinker and a preeminent Christian apologist. With The Lotus and the Cross, Zacharias now demonstrates that he is also a gifted and imaginative writer. This captivating dialogue not only clears up confusion about the claims of Christ and Buddha, but also provides us with a highly entertaining read."
"With signs of spiritual warfare all around us, this book challenges all Christiansmale and femaleto arm up and engage the enemy. Its pages are chock-full of fascinating insights and solid, practical, biblical advice. Its a must-read for everyone who takes seriously Christs command to Fight the good fight."
MARY KASSIAN, PRESIDENT OF ALABASTER FLASK MINISTRIES
enockAge: 18-24Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5very thoughtful and insightfulJune 23, 2012enockAge: 18-24Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Really educative bringing to fore inherent differences between both faiths and the unmistakable argument for the Christian faith
Jim ReevesLisbon, MaineAge: 35-44Gender: male4 Stars Out Of 5INteresting HypotheticalApril 20, 2012Jim ReevesLisbon, MaineAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I enjoyed the very interesting hypothetical conversation between Jesus, Buddha, and a couple others in a situation that is unfortunately an evil reality in the world. It was very intriguing how each persons perspective was compared.
ShelleyAge: 45-544 Stars Out Of 5Good overview of BuddhismMarch 12, 2012ShelleyAge: 45-54Quality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The Lotus and the Cross was easy to read. I enjoyed the conversational nature of the book, and it covered several Buddhist philosophical precepts that I had not previously considered. I would recommend the book to Christian friends, but I'm not sure how it would be received among Buddhist followers.
Jeff LeMasterGlens Falls, NYAge: 35-44Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Jesus and Buddha on a boatrideSeptember 23, 2011Jeff LeMasterGlens Falls, NYAge: 35-44Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Can you imagine the conversation if Jesus and Buddha took a boat trip up the Chao Phraya river in Bangkok together?
Not counting the reader, there are four people on this boat ride: the boatman, an AIDS stricken prostitute named Priya, Jesus and Buddha. Over the course of the voyage and conversation, both Jesus and Buddha have the opportunity to share with Priya and the boatman (and us) the truth and hope of their teachings.
As the journey detours into a local temple, the discussion takes on a frank assessment of how far modern Buddhism and Christianity have strayed from the original teachings and why this has happened.
What an effective conceit - putting Jesus and Buddha in a boat together! This is no dry theological apologetic: the reader is deeply immersed in the conversation as the boat meanders.
I can only evaluate this book from the Christian perspective, being unschooled in Buddhist philosophy. I have great respect for the scholarly research done by Dr. Zacharias. That, coupled with his Indian heritage gives him a unique insight into Eastern religious traditions.
While there are many similarities in the teachings of Jesus and Buddha, this book focuses on the stark and irreconcilable differences:
the eternal self vs. the absence of self;
a personal God vs. an impersonal universe;
the gift of forgiveness vs. the satisfaction of karmic debt;
the hope of resurrection vs. the promise of annihilation.
This book is a short read - I put it down in one day. It was for me a crucial revelation of the Buddhist worldview on the eve of a mission trip to Thailand to share the good news of Jesus and the hope that He offers to all of mankind.