Buddhist-Christian Dialogue as Theological Exchange

An Orthodox Contribution to Comparative Theology
 
 
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Buddhist-Christian Dialogue as Theological Exchange is an Orthodox cont ribution to comparative theology. Ernest M. Valea uses comparative theology as a new approach in contemporary Buddhist-Christian dialogue in order to ensure mutual respect for each religious tradition's uniqueness and that dialogue is beneficial for all participants interested in a real theological exchange. As a result of the impasse reached by the current theologies of religions (exclusivism, inclusivism, and pluralism) in formulating a constructive approach in dialogue, this volume assesses the thought of the founding fathers of an academic Buddhist-Christian dialogue in search of clues that would encourage a comparativist approach. These founding fathers are considered to be three important representatives of the Kyoto School-Kitaro Nishida, Keiji Nishitani, and Masao Abe-and John Cobb, the American process theologian. The guide line for assessing their views of dialogue is the concept of human perfection, as it is expressed by the original traditions in Mahayana Buddhism and Orthodox Christianity.Following Abe's methodology in dialogue, Buddhist-Christian Dialogue as Theological Exchange proposes a reciprocal enrichment of traditions, not by syncretistic means, but by providing a better understanding and even correction of one's own tradition when considering it in the light of the other, while using internal resources for making the necessary corrections.
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Ernest M. Valea presented this book as his PhD thesis at the University of Wales (2013). He is the author of The Buddha and the Christ: Reciprocal Views (2008).
  • Front cover
  • Half title
  • Title page
  • Copyright
  • Contents
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part 1. Contemporary Buddhist-Christian Dialogue and the Issue of Doctrinal Presuppositions
  • 1: Buddhist-Christian Dialogue in the Context of the Three Classic Theologies of Religions-Exclusivism, Inclusivism, and Pluralism-and Comparative Theology as a New Approach in Interfaith Dialogue
  • 1.1 Exclusivism in Buddhist-Christian Encounter
  • 1.2 A Fine Balance between Exclusivism and Inclusivism in the Documents of the Catholic Church Following Vatican II
  • 1.3 Inclusivism in Interfaith Dialogue
  • 1.4 John Hick's Pluralism as a "Copernican Revolution" in the Theology of Religions
  • 1.5 Comparative Theology as a New Approach in Interfaith Dialogue
  • 2: An Examination of Doctrinal Presuppositions in Mahayana Buddhism as a Foundation for Assessing Buddhist-Christian Dialogue: Human Perfection as Buddhahood
  • 2.1 The Teaching on Human Nature. Three Major Doctrines
  • 2.2 Karma and Rebirth
  • 2.3 The Meaning of Enlightenment
  • 2.4 The Meaning of Human Perfection in Early Buddhism
  • 2.5 The New Vision of Mahayana Buddhism
  • 2.6 Devotion to the Buddha Amitabha
  • 2.7 True Wisdom. The Doctrine of Emptiness
  • 2.8 The Buddha-Nature and the Three Bodies of the Buddha
  • 2.9 Human Perfection in Mahayana Buddhism. Perfection in Wisdom and Compassion
  • 3: An Examination of Doctrinal Presuppositions in Orthodox Christianity as a Foundation for Assessing Buddhist-Christian Dialogue: Human Perfection as Deification
  • 3.1 The Holy Trinity. A Permanent and Changeless Ultimate Reality
  • 3.2 The Holy Trinity and Creation. Image and Likeness
  • 3.3 The Problem of Sin and the Meaning of Salvation
  • 3.4 Jesus Christ- "Truly God and Truly Man." The Doctrine of the Kenosis
  • 3.5 The Saving Work of Christ in His Incarnation, Death on the Cross, Resurrection and Ascension
  • 3.6 The Actualization of Salvation in the Life of the Believer as a Member of the Christian Community
  • 3.7 Human Perfection as Deification in Orthodox Theology
  • 3.8 Deification and Buddhahood as Two Views of Human Perfection
  • 4: A Revisiting of Pluralism in Light of the Doctrinal Foundations of Orthodox Christianity and Mahayana Buddhism and Its Impact on Buddhist and Christian Dual Belonging
  • 4.1 Perry Schmidt-Leukel's View of a Syncretistic Transformation of Buddhism and Christianity
  • 4.2 The Christian Pluralist "Particularism" of Mark Heim
  • 4.3 Buddhist and Christian Dual Belonging
  • 4.4 Pluralism, Dual Belonging and Spiritual Practice
  • Part 2. A Critical Assessment of the Founding Fathers of Contemporary Buddhist-Christian Dialogue as a Lead towards Comparative Theology
  • 5: Kitaro Nishida (1870-1945): The First Modern Japanese Philosopher Encounters Christianity
  • 5.1 Stages of Development in Nishida's Philosophy
  • 5.2 Nishida's View of God
  • 5.3 Nishida and Some Traditional Christian Doctrines
  • 5.4 Two Views on Negating the Self for Attaining Perfection
  • 6: Keiji Nishitani (1900-1990): Defeating Western Nihilism with the Resources of Zen Buddhism
  • 6.1 The Standpoint of Emptiness
  • 6.2 Nishitani and the God of Christianity
  • 6.3 Nishitani's Understanding and Use of Eckhart
  • 6.4 Nishitani's Interpretation of the Kenosis and of Other Related Christian Doctrines
  • 6.5 Nishitani's Standpoint of Shunyata and Buddhist-Christian Dialogue
  • 7: Masao Abe (1915-2006): The Work of a Zen Apostle to the Western World
  • 7.1 The Rise of an Apostle of Zen to the Western World
  • 7.2 Continuing the Agenda of Nishitani and Suzuki
  • 7.3 Abe's View of God
  • 7.4 The Kenosis of Christ and the Kenotic God
  • 7.5 Kenosis and Human Nature
  • 7.6 Towards a Mutual Transformation of Buddhism and Christianity
  • 7.7 Conclusion to Abe's View of Buddhist-Christian Dialogue
  • 8: John B. Cobb Jr. (b. 1925): Process Theology as a Resource for Renewing both Buddhism and Christianity
  • 8.1 From Methodist Pietism to Process Theology. A Short Spiritual Biography
  • 8.2 Process Thought and Buddhism on Human Nature and Ultimate Reality
  • 8.3 Cobb's Criticism of Traditional Christian Theology
  • 8.4 Cobb's Vision of Buddhist-Christian Dialogue. Towards a Mutual Transformation of Buddhism and Christianity
  • 8.5 What Could Buddhists Learn from Christianity?
  • 8.6 What Could Christians Learn from Buddhism?
  • 8.7 Conclusion to Cobb's Proposal for Buddhist-Christian Dialogue
  • 9: Comparative Theology and Buddhist-Christian Dialogue
  • 9.1 A Contextualized Use of Comparative Theology
  • 9.2 Buddhist and Christian Compassion. What Can Christians Learn from the Buddhist View of Compassion?
  • 9.3 A Comparativist View on Prayer in Buddhism and Christianity. The Jesus Prayer in Orthodox Christianity and the Nembutsu in Shin Buddhism
  • 9.4 Comparative Theology and Faith in Buddhism and Christianity
  • 9.5 Comparative Theology for Buddhists
  • 9.6 Comparative Theology and Hindu-Christian Dialogue
  • 9.7 Conclusion. Comparative Theology as a Constructive Approach in Interfaith Dialogue
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Back cover
"Ernest Valea has written a book that is remarkably clear, wonderfully perceptive, and enjoyable to read. It is accessible to specialists and the general reader alike. In introducing Romanian Orthodox sources into the current debates in Christian-Buddhist Studies, Valea is extremely original ... [This book] is highly recommended as both a significant contribution to the field and also an extremely clear and stimulating introduction to the state of the discipline."
- Paul Williams, Emeritus Professor of Indian and Tibetan Philosophy, Centre for Buddhist Studies, University of Bristol

"An interesting addition to the literature on Buddhist-Christian exchange"
- Michael Pye, The Eastern Buddhist, Volume 46, No 1, 2015

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