The Routledge Handbook of Buddhist-Christian Studies

handbookThe Routledge Handbook of Buddhist-Christian Studies

Edited by Carol Anderson, Kalamazoo College, USA. and Thomas Cattoi, Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, USA and Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, USA.
Series: Routledge Handbooks in Religion

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Buddhist-Christian dialogue has a long and complex history that stretches back to the first centuries of the common era. Comprising 42 international and disciplinarily diverse chapters, this volume begins by setting up a framework for examining the nature of Buddhist-Christian interreligious dialogue, discussing how research in this area has been conducted in the past and considering future theoretical directions. Subsequent chapters delve into:

  • important episodes in the history of Buddhist-Christian dialogue;
  • contemporary conversations such as monastic interreligious dialogue, multiple religious identity, and dual religious practice;
  • and Buddhist-Christian cooperation in social justice, social engagement, pastoral care, and interreligious education settings.

The volume closes with a section devoted to comparative and constructive explorations of different speculative themes that range from the theological to the philosophical or experiential. This handbook explores how the study of Buddhist-Christian relations has been and ought to be done. The Routledge Handbook of Buddhist-Christian Studies is essential reading for researchers and students interested in Buddhist-Christian studies, Asian religions, and interreligious relationships. It will be of interest to those in fields such as anthropology, political science, theology, and history.