Buddhism, Christianity and the question of creation: karmic by Perry Schmidt-Leukel

By Perry Schmidt-Leukel

Is the realm created via a divine author? Or is it the consistent manufactured from karmic forces? the difficulty of construction was once on the center of the vintage controversies among Buddhism and Hindu Theism. nowa days, it may be came upon on the centre of many polemical debates among Buddhism and Christianity. is that this the primary barrier that separates Buddhism from Christianity and different theistic religions? The contributions to half One discover a few of the elements of conventional and modern Buddhist objections opposed to the belief of a divine writer in addition to Christian percentages to satisfy the Buddhist critique. half asks for the aptitude fact on either side and indicates a shocking manner that the barrier can be conquer. This opens a brand new around of philosophical and theological discussion among those significant traditions with demanding insights for either.

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27. 38· Buddhist and Christian Perspectives on Creation The lesson here, I think, is a simple one. Contemporary Buddhist critiques of the doctrine of creation fall flat when they attempt to portray Buddhism as something that it is not: when they attempt to mask the religio-metaphysical dimensions of Buddhism. Buddhism is not science, nor is it empiricism. It is as heavily laden with metaphysical presuppositions as is Christianity, and the conversation between the two is going to have to proceed with this acknowledgment on the part of Buddhists.

47. Ibid. , pp" 47-8. See also pp. 116-17. , pp. 33-4. , within the world could fully account for causation '" that one has to stop at the fundamental laws of nature and regularities of causation. To go beyond them would be both unnecessary and wrong. '9 But of course, such a pIcture of Buddhism as tantamount to empiricism - and of 1;he Buddha as a proto-scientist - is at best incomplete, and at worst downright misleading. Why? Dharmasiri is quite right in claiming that the Pali texts see the doctrine of a creatorGod as incompatible with the Buddhist theory of causation.

Gombrich, 'The Buddha's Book of Genesis', IndoIranian Joumal35, 1992, 159-78, who argues for the fact that this text is a parody of Brahmanical views. Buddhist Views of Creation and Creator 35 seem to govern the rest of the universe, and that govern especially the rise of suffering. So it is tme that Buddhists reject a creator on the grounds that there is no need to posit a first cause, but they also reject the notion of a creator because of the position of privilege that would have to be afforded such a being: the privilege of never having had to suffer, or of having had to work out one's own salvation.

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