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by mint
Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:14 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 120307

Re: Buddhist opinions about the Historical Jesus

Infinite wrote:You are a rather abrasive human being who resorts to insults the moment you don't like where a discussion is going. I would suggest you need to do some introspection if Mythical Jesus is causing you this much suffering.
Does Buddhism not state that ignorance is due to lack of knowledge?

I concur.
by mint
Tue Apr 24, 2012 8:13 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 120307

Re: Buddhist opinions about the Historical Jesus

That manages to insult Buddhist opinion here and Ehrman all in one easy swoop. Ehrman is well read, and accepted in Christian and non-Christian circles, and we can play the game where I show you who agrees with that and you tell us who does not. The fact remains that he is very well educated author...
by mint
Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 120307

Re: Buddhist opinions about the Historical Jesus

Glad to see that we have moved on from how ignorant we are on Jesus to you defending him. Progress indeed. No, anybody who cites Ehrman as the reference point in a discussion concerning our ability to know the historical Jesus is still pretty ignorant. But Ehrman has an uncanny ability to attract h...
by mint
Tue Apr 24, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 120307

Re: Buddhist opinions about the Historical Jesus

See the problem here is the two can't be compared. The Buddha never claimed divinity or any sort. Jesus on the other hand if he is to be cornerstone of Christianity must be Divine and thus the Virgin Birth is a cornerstone of that Divinity. It is pretty damn absurd to believe Jesus came from a virg...
by mint
Tue Apr 24, 2012 3:56 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 120307

Re: Buddhist opinions about the Historical Jesus

Slow down a bit with the generalizations, please. Some of us have read most of the debate, and ended up with the modern day consensus (see for examples the collections put together by John Loftus) where even modern day Christians despair of ever finding the "Historical Jesus". This includes the rab...
by mint
Mon Apr 23, 2012 7:30 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 120307

Re: Buddhist opinions about the Historical Jesus

The problem is that the history of Jesus was recorded several centuries after his death and thus had likely fallen into the weird limbo realm of martyrdom/reality. There really isn't much reason to doubt there was a Historical Jesus because otherwise the Romans would have declared it a fraud instea...
by mint
Mon Apr 23, 2012 3:24 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 120307

Re: Buddhist opinions about the Historical Jesus

Wesley1982 wrote:What are Buddhist opinions about the historical Jesus Christ? . .
Depends on the Buddhist's place of origin and experience of Christians and Christianity.
by mint
Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:36 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 120307

Re: Buddhism on God

If you cannot expect an answer or an explanation from God, why on earth would anybody follow such a God? Might as well be a devotee of the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Makes equal amounts of sense. The God found in the Bible is not a compassionate being at all. http://img690.imageshack.us/img690/6533/...
by mint
Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:22 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 120307

Re: Buddhism on God

mint wrote: "God's answer to the 'question of suffering' is not a logical discourse/explanation (cf. Job 38)." It certainly isn't. How do you see it as an answer at all? Yahweh simply shows up at the end and does a lot of boasting about how old and big and tough and powerful and wise he is. He does...
by mint
Thu Apr 19, 2012 7:07 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhist?
Replies: 93
Views: 5124

Re: What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhist?

Hello, What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhist? . . Since you come from an Orthodox Christian background, you may find the Christian answer to this question interesting: http://oca.org/questions/otherconfessions/buddhism-and-conversion-to-orthodoxy" onclick="window.open(this.href)...
by mint
Thu Apr 19, 2012 6:38 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhist?
Replies: 93
Views: 5124

Re: What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhist?

So far what can be done is take the 'world of Christianity' [/u] and the 'world of Buddhism' [/u] and contrast the differences between the two. While you say you have no more space for books, you may eventually consider picking up this if you're really interested in the "difference" between a Chris...
by mint
Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:45 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Belief in god increases with age.
Replies: 10
Views: 1304

Re: Belief in god increases with age.

:good: transformed into a character-building process Speak with your average religious gray-headed man/woman and the word "fear" will never occur. This isn't to say that fear isn't an impetus, but it doesn't remain the impetus; rather, there are a great many utilitarian purposes housed in our religi...
by mint
Thu Apr 19, 2012 5:09 pm
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhist?
Replies: 93
Views: 5124

Re: What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhist?

Not ironic at all. Most Buddhist academics are agnostic. Why should that take away from the scholarly work they've done? Besides, his argument for converting to Catholicism isn't impressive in the least - quite juvenile actually. Even academics are humans with flaws, eh? I didn't mean that the work...
by mint
Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:38 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 120307

Re: Buddhism on God

That's very well, mint, to someone who believes God exists. It's a matter of faith. If you try to turn that in some kind of logical argument for someone else to accept the existence of God, it will be called speculation. There's no evidence or logic argument that demands the existence of God. Absol...
by mint
Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:08 am
Forum: Dharma in Everyday Life
Topic: What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhist?
Replies: 93
Views: 5124

Re: What is the difference between a Christian and a Buddhist?

how to turn the dharma wheel? . . You may want to start with some introductory readings: Buddhist Thought: A Complete Introduction to the Indian Tradition by Prof. Paul Williams Vision of Buddhism: The Space Under the Tree by Prof. Roger Corless Mahayana Buddhism: The Doctrinal Foundations by Prof....
by mint
Thu Apr 19, 2012 2:04 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 120307

Re: Buddhism on God

@ Mint, Please re-read this: "If He is Other than Creation then He cannot be described, limited, or circumscribed by created categories or definitions." This means that there can no meaningful interaction between the Creator and the created. If there can be no meaningful interaction between the Cre...
by mint
Thu Apr 19, 2012 12:13 am
Forum: Dzogchen
Topic: The Game of Liberation
Replies: 0
Views: 430

The Game of Liberation

Does anyone here have the Game of Liberation as featured on the Shang Shung website?

I have it but I haven't played it yet.
by mint
Wed Apr 18, 2012 3:00 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 120307

Re: Buddhism on God

"He is Other than Creation" - Creator and his creation are mutually exclusive? If so, then there can be no interaction between the Creator and the Created. "If He is Other than Creation then He cannot be described, limited, or circumscribed by created categories or definitions." This means that the...
by mint
Tue Apr 17, 2012 7:02 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 120307

Re: Buddhism on God

"He is Other than Creation" - Creator and his creation are mutually exclusive? If so, then there can be no interaction between the Creator and the Created. "If He is Other than Creation then He cannot be described, limited, or circumscribed by created categories or definitions." This means that the...
by mint
Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:28 am
Forum: Lounge
Topic: Interfaith Dialogue
Replies: 2049
Views: 120307

Re: Buddhism on God

Faulty logic. If there is a Creator then He is Other than Creation. If He is Other than Creation then He cannot be described, limited, or circumscribed by created categories or definitions. "Purpose" and "rationality" are categories created by the sentient human mind. The sentient human mind is a c...

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