BUDDHISM AND CHRISTIANITY by Winston L. King

BUDDHISM AND CHRISTIANITY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author, the Rev. Winston L. King, now Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, once found himself at an impasse of misunderstanding with a Buddhist monk. Although using the same words, neither of them was able to communicate his real thought to the other because of difference in word meanings and associations in their own cultural and religious traditions. This book is a fine attempt to build some bridges of understanding between the two religions that a true dialogue may become possible. After a chapter of historical orientation, Dr. King discusses the Buddhist doctrines of dharma, Karma and Nirvana, and then the contrasting views of love, guilt, prayer, and self-conquest. There is much to be found here which will be helpful to the Christian in understanding his own faith better, especially as it finds itself confronted by other world religions as they now begin to project themselves on the world-scene as missionary religions seeking converts to their faith. Those whose interest is in this area of conflict and interpenetration of thought and culture will find this book of great interest and much help.

Pub Date: Sept. 10th, 1962
Publisher: Westminster Press