BOOK REVIEWS BUDDHIST-CHRISTIAN DIALOGUE IN AN AGE OF SCIENCE. By Paul O. Ingram. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2008. 155 pp. To my knowledge, Paul Ingram's Buddhist-Christian Dialogue in an Age of Science undertakes a new project: Systematic and methodological analysis of how Buddhist-Christian dialogue can be shaped by focus on the natural sciences, or, alternatively, how sciencereligion dialogue can be enhanced through interreligious dialogue. Either description is appropriate and remarkable in light of the accomplishments of a modestly brief book. While I have participated in multireligious dialogue on science, never have I seen a cogent guide for undertaking the conversation until Ingram's book appeared. The thesis of Ingram's argument is that bringing the natural sciences into Buddhist-Christian dialogue promises mutual creative transformation of Buddhism, Christianity, and the natural sciences (p. 2). In such a compact sentence is much to be explained, and Ingram unfolds the meaning of the thesis particularly in chapters 2 and 6. Ingram describes both Christian and Buddhist understandings of the relationship of science and religion, as well as approaches to dialogue between the religions. Ingram's book is focused on conceptual interreligious dialogue, which engages theological and philosophical worldviews and self-perceptions and how the
Buddhist-Christian Studies – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: Sep 30, 2010
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