Buddhism and Christianity Critique
D.M. Murdock/Acharya S
This review, commentary and study guide of Dr. Michael Lockwood's book Buddhism's Relation to Christianity is a 23-page ebook/PDF highlighting the primary source evidence that reveals parallels between the two world religions.
Why have scholars over the past several centuries recognized important similarities between Buddhism and Christianity, including between their alleged founders' lives?
What are these parallels, and where do they come from?
What are some of the primary sources?
"…Scholars, for over two hundred years, have been pointing out the influence of Buddhism on the origins of Christianity, but Christian theologians have, in the main, been indifferent to a serious study of this relationship. Such a study would require that they acquire a deep historical knowledge of Buddhism and a mastery of the languages of Pali, Sanskrit, Tibetan and Chinese among others.
"…Jesus and his disciples are allegorical, non-historical characters mixed together with historical characters (such as Pilate and some Temple priests)… Even the story of the 'Outcaste Woman at the Well' is a fictitious meta-narrative, though involving the, perhaps, historical persons of the Buddha and his 'beloved' disciple Ananda—if indeed they are historical!...
"…Jesus was an allegorical figure modeled on the founder of Buddhism and his fifth century BCE style of preaching: that of the homeless wandering monk….
"If the four canonical Gospels are studied from this perspective, evidence may emerge that the evangelists were, indeed, Indian—or persons trained in India or by Indians."
Dr. Michael Lockwood, (64-65, 196, 255)
"Eventually, scholars will have to concede—in my opinion—that the 'Jesus' of the gospels is a purely fictitious figure, like Hercules."
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Note that this study guide has been peer-reviewed and endorsed by Dr. Lockwood, a philosophy professor in India for 32 years, and by Dr. Christian Lindtner, a scholar of Buddhism and Sanskrit whose works are cited in numerous scholarly books and journals.
"This ebook is a real eye-opener!"
Table of Contents
What is "pre-Christian?"
Master and Disciples
The Visit of the Sage
Buddhist Parallels in Inscriptions
The Saints are Gods of Other Cultures
The Lotus Sutra
Firsts Established by Buddhism
Angels and Saints
The Two Thieves
Pythagoras and Apollonius of Tyana
Indians in the Mediterranean
From Alexandria to Sri Lanka
Relics and Confession
The Calling of Councils
Printing of Scriptures
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