Talk:Comparison of Buddhism and Christianity
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Three inherent topics
There are three topics in this article, and I suggest that they shouldn't be confused:
- 1. whether Christianity originated from Therapeutae which originated from Theravada, a very-minority opinion claimed by a few authors, such as Freke and Gandy, which is also popular among Theosophists and other new-Agers, but otherwise generally dismissed
- 2. how similar Christianity and Buddhism are, irrespective of historical influences,
- 3. some few Christian Buddhists that claim that Christianity and Buddhism are compatible.
- I agree that the organization of the article is problematic. What I consider more problematic, though, is the illegitimate use of sources to support statement that supposedly reflect mainstream science. I have removed three of those, and that is just a superficial check of one sentence in the lead, which was supported by four sources, of which I have now removed three. I have therefore tagged the article for original research.--Farang Rak Tham (Talk) 16:32, 2 December 2018 (UTC)
Some content still lacking
Some more recent work has been done on possible cultural parallels and interactions after the rise of Christianity (Derrett), but there is overall hardly any documentary evidence, and certainly no uncontested material, that is explicitly or implicitly relevant to the task of relating Jesus to Buddhism until the late nineteenth century, when colonial and missionary contact and textual translations made people from the two traditions more aware of each other’s ideas. These nineteenth-century observations and comparisons laid the foundations for the dialogues of the twentieth century, and by the late twentieth century substantial movements in Buddhist-Christian contact and dialogue were producing sophisticated material from scholars and practitioners in both traditions, including reflections on the relationship between Jesus and Buddhism.
-- from Houlden, J.L., 2003. Jesus in history, thought, and culture: an encyclopedia. ABC-CLIO.. I think this brief overview from a recent reliable source shows that many things have not been covered yet in this article.--Farang Rak Tham (Talk) 17:07, 2 December 2018 (UTC)