Spirituality Without God: Buddhist Enlightenment and Christian Salvation

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In recent years Buddhism has attracted a fast-growing following in North America and Europe. In part, this is because Buddhism seems to offer peace and inner tranquillity, a profound spirituality and insight into ultimate reality yet without the need for belief in a God. To many spiritual seekers in the post-Christian West this 'spirituality without God' has strong appeal. Whilst Buddhism has been a formative influence in the cultures of South and East Asia it is a relatively new arrival in the West and is little understood by Christians. This book has the twofold aim of introducing the diverse Buddhist traditions to Western readers and of offering a Christian engagement with the central truth-claims of Buddhism. This book is one of few attempts by Christians to offer a respectful and informed, but honest and robust critique of this important religion. It forms a helpful contribution to inter-faith understanding and discussions. ' This is interfaith dialogue at its best. Netland and Yandell provide a thoughtful understanding of Buddhism, followed by a careful pressing of internal problems within Buddhism, then a constructive summary of real differences between Christianity and Buddhism. They also succeed in establishing the plausibility of Christianity in the light of various possible Buddhist critiques. No reader, Christian or Buddhist, will be left unchallenged by this lucid exposition, critique, and proclamation.'

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Harold A. Netland (Ph.D.,Claremont Graduate School, where he studied under Professor John Hick) is professor of philosophy of religion and intercultural studies and the Naomi A. Fausch chair of missions at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Prior to coming to Trinity, Dr. Netland was a missionary in Japan with the Evangelical Free Church of America. Dr. Netland's areas of expertise include religious pluralism, epistemology of religion, apologetics, and missions in East Asia. He is a member of the Evangelical Philosophical Society, the Evangelical Theological Society, and the Society of Christian Philosophers. Dr. Netland's published works include Dissonant Voices: Religious Pluralism and the Question of Truth; Encountering Religious Pluralism: The Challenge to Christian Faith and Mission and Spirituality without God: Buddhist Enlightenment and Christian Salvation, as well as numerous articles in such journals as Religious Studies, Faith and Philosophy, and Missiology. He also co-edited Christianity and the Religions (William Carey Library). Keith E. Yandell (Ph.D., Ohio State University) is Julius R. Wienberg Professor of Philosophy and South Asian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author and editor of numerous books on Philosophy of Religion from an evangelical perspective. Most recently with Harold Netland a critique of Buddhism- Spirituality without God: a Christian critique of Buddhism, along with Hume's "Inexplicable Mystery": His Views on Religion; The Epistemology of Religious Experience; The Soul: defence of the evidential value and the forthcoming Philosophy of Religion: an Encyclopaedia . He is currently working on perfect being theology and the problem of freedom and foreknowledge. - Editorial Review.

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Netland, Harold A., Yandell, Keith E.
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