The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha    -     By: Ravi Zacharias
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The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha

Multnomah Books / 2010 / Paperback

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Eavesdrop on an imaginary conversation between Jesus and another great thinker whose quest for life's meaning has influenced millions---Gautama Buddha! In the tradition of C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton, master apologist Zacharias creates a captivating scenario that sheds light on God's true nature and Jesus' impassioned concern for all people. Great for seekers! 96 pages, softcover from Multnomah.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 96
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 7.25 X 5.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1601423187
ISBN-13: 9781601423184
Availability: In Stock
Series: Great Conversations

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Publisher's Description

Have you ever wondered what Jesus would say to Mohammed? Or Buddha? Or Oscar Wilde? Maybe you have a friend who practices another religion or admires a more contemporary figure. Drop in on a conversation between Jesus and some well-known individuals whose search for the meaning of life took them in many directions -- and influenced millions. Popular scholar Ravi Zacharias sets a captivating scene in this first in the intriguing Conversations with Jesus books. Through dialogue between Christ and Gautama Buddha that reveals Jesus' warm, impassioned concern for all people, God's true nature is explored. It's a well-priced, hard cover volume readers will want to own, and also share with others.


From the Hardcover edition.

Author Bio

Ravi Zacharias was born in India, immigrating to Canada at age twenty. After earning a Masters of Divinity at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, he began a speaking ministry that has taken him worldwide (including the campuses of Harvard, Princeton, and Oxford University) as a recognized authority on comparative religions, cults, and philosophy. Zacharias' holds three doctorate degrees, and his books include the Gold Medallion winner Can Man Live without God, Deliver Us from Evil, Cries of the Heart, Jesus Among Other Gods, and two children's titles. He teaches a weekly, international radio program entitled Let My People Think. Ravi lives with his wife, Margaret, in Atlanta. They have three grown children.


From the Hardcover edition.

ChristianBookPreviews.com

Ravi Zacharias's The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha is a theological argument cleverly disguised as a story. Its basic premise is simple: if Jesus and Buddha met on a boat today, what would they say? How would they disagree? Most important, who would be right?

One of a four-part series called Great Conversations, this book serves as a balanced and fair scrutiny of Christianity and Buddhism—where 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 tenets—and, more importantly, the hidden failures—of 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

Editorial Reviews

"Ravi takes a scholarly yet imaginative approach to apologetics. The dialogue he sets forth in this unique drama will educate, enthrall, and enlighten you—and everyone you share it with—for years to come."
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 gospel—and Dr. Zacharias’s impeccable logic—shines forth with enjoyable clarity."
FRANK PERETTI
 
"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."
CHUCK COLSON
 
"With signs of spiritual warfare all around us, this book challenges all Christians—male and female—to arm up and engage the enemy. Its pages are chock-full of fascinating insights and solid, practical, biblical advice. It’s a must-read for everyone who takes seriously Christ’s command to ’Fight the good fight.’"
MARY KASSIAN, PRESIDENT OF ALABASTER FLASK MINISTRIES

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  1. Age: 18-24
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    very thoughtful and insightful
    June 23, 2012
    enock
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    Quality: 4
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Really educative bringing to fore inherent differences between both faiths and the unmistakable argument for the Christian faith
  2. Lisbon, Maine
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    INteresting Hypothetical
    April 20, 2012
    Jim Reeves
    Lisbon, Maine
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    I 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.
  3. Age: 45-54
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good overview of Buddhism
    March 12, 2012
    Shelley
    Age: 45-54
    Quality: 4
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    The 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.
  4. Glens Falls, NY
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    Jesus and Buddha on a boatride
    September 23, 2011
    Jeff LeMaster
    Glens Falls, NY
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    Can 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.

    SO WHAT?

    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.
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