Beyond Belief: a Buddhist Critique of Christianity
If what has been written so far has stimulated in the reader the desire to know more about
Christianity and Buddhism, we will briefly recommend some books for further reading.
A popular and easy to read book exposing many of the fallacies in Christianity is
Jesus - the Evidence by Ian Wilson, 1984. Wilson examines the history of the Bible and
shows how scholars have demonstrated beyond doubt that it is an untidy compilation
composed over several centuries. He also shows how the man Jesus gradually came to be
seen as a god.
Another good book is Rescuing the Bible from the Fundamentalists by John Spong, 1991.
Spong is a Christian bishop and scholar who freely admits that most of what the Bible
contains is either mythological or erroneous, and he gives abundant evidence for this.
Perhaps the most scholarly and thorough critical study of recent times is
Is Christianity True? by Michael Arnheim, 1984. This outstanding study examines every major
Christian doctrine and exposes each of them to the cold light of reason - and none of them
survive the exposure.
Many excellent books on the teachings of the Buddha are avallable.
Fundamentalist Christianity poses a real threat to Buddhism, and while we can never hope
to match the aggressiveness or organizational abilities of its proponents, we can very easily
counter them by becoming familiar with Christianity's numerous doctrinal weaknesses and
Buddhism's many strengths. If the Christian challenge stimulates in Buddhists a deeper
appreciation for the Dhamma and a desire to live by that Dhamma, then that challenge can
be to Buddhism's benefit.
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