In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Medieval Saint by Donald S. Lopez Jr. and Peggy McCracken (review)

In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Medieval Saint by Donald S. Lopez... Hence, even if it could be that religious apologists of any tradition will be galvanized in light of Nicholson’s achievements, if they have read him carefully, they will now need to be self-critical about the sociopolitical and rhetorical aspects of whatever interreligious apologetics they might undertake, even as the interdisciplinarity with which he prosecutes his work can undermine any naïve efforts in cross-religious justification. As ought to be clear by now, the new comparative theology is being diversified through such undertakings, even as the stakes for comprehending doctrinal normativeness are now even higher—negotiated in interdisciplinary fashion indeed—in the Nicholsonian vein. There will surely be “experts” in these various domains—the methodological, the historical, and theological, and so on—who could counter one or another move, claim, or inference made in these books. Yet because Nicholson hedges his proposals with strategic qualifications and since he has done his homework (about eighty pages of notes follow at the end of each volume), I think his work invites consideration on the bigger questions related to theological and doctrinal construction in the present global era. And here, it will surely be the case that not many will take up the gauntlet on this interdisciplinary http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

In Search of the Christian Buddha: How an Asian Sage Became a Medieval Saint by Donald S. Lopez Jr. and Peggy McCracken (review)

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Hence, even if it could be that religious apologists of any tradition will be galvanized in light of Nicholson’s achievements, if they have read him carefully, they will now need to be self-critical about the sociopolitical and rhetorical aspects of whatever interreligious apologetics they might undertake, even as the interdisciplinarity with which he prosecutes his work can undermine any naïve efforts in cross-religious justification. As ought to be clear by now, the new comparative theology is being diversified through such undertakings, even as the stakes for comprehending doctrinal normativeness are now even higher—negotiated in interdisciplinary fashion indeed—in the Nicholsonian vein. There will surely be “experts” in these various domains—the methodological, the historical, and theological, and so on—who could counter one or another move, claim, or inference made in these books. Yet because Nicholson hedges his proposals with strategic qualifications and since he has done his homework (about eighty pages of notes follow at the end of each volume), I think his work invites consideration on the bigger questions related to theological and doctrinal construction in the present global era. And here, it will surely be the case that not many will take up the gauntlet on this interdisciplinary

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Buddhist-Christian StudiesUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 28, 2017

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