THE CHRISTIAN DEBATE: Light From The East by Geoffrey Parrinder

THE CHRISTIAN DEBATE: Light From The East

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author, who is Reader in Comparative Religion at the University of London, enters the debate precipitated by Bishop Robinson's Honest to God with the thesis that the resolution of some of the important issues raised in that debate could be aided by recourse to doctrines in Eastern religions. He does not undertake a complete exposition of these religions, but only presents, briefly, those doctrines which he feels are most relevant to the questions under debate. The correlation between Christian and Eastern thought which he proposes is suggested by chapter headings: God and Brahman; Soul and Atman; Trinity and Personality; Incarnation and Avatar; Survival, Reincarnation, Nirvana; Material and Spiritual; Authority and Mysticism; and others. The reader may question, however, whether such finding of similarities between Christianity and Eastern religions may not be too facile. In any case, will those who find it difficult to accept any longer the traditional categories and terms of Christian thought find it easier to accept the more esoteric terms of Eastern religions?

Pub Date: Jan. 28th, 1965
Publisher: Doubleday