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.

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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.

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,

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."
"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."
"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 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.’"

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