Leonard Woolsey Bacon's A History of American Christianity traces the history of religion in the country from the European exploration of North America and all the way up into the 19th century. Along the way, Bacon looks at all the different branches of Christianity that were present in the colonies and country, especially Protestants, Catholics, and Quakers, and the important roles religion played in society.
Relations between Muslim and Christian communities have been tested in recent years, with mutual misunderstandings often prevalent on both sides. To improve relations there needs to be a clearer picture of what each side actually believes. Christians don't always realize that a Muslim's view of their faith is often colored by connotations of The Crusades, invasion, imperialism, immorality and blasphemy. The persistence of these feelings are often difficult for believing Christians to understand as Christianity's core beliefs are centered on forgiveness, love and compassion. Malcolm Steer, a Christian who has lived for 50 years amongst Muslims, has produced an accessible, straightforward and informative introduction to the Christian faith, looking at the origins, central beliefs and teachings of Christianity. For any Muslim who seeks to discover more about Christianity this is an ideal book, enabling the reader to separate truth from myth and make an informed opinion.
WHERE JESUS AND BUDDHA AGREE There are many books on the topic of where Buddhism and Christianity agree in philosophy. The same can be made of most (if not all) religions. Some of the key factors of what is best of the Bible and Buddhism both converge on the areas of ethics, kindness, giving, and love. Even the concept of sin, depending on how you interpret the Bible, is the same. On the "Sermon on the Mount" Jesus states many concepts that would agree with many Buddhist traditions: Be humble Be compassionate (a possible translation of sympathy through mourning) Live simply (a possible translation of meek) Be ethical (a possible translation of righteous) Be merciful Be pure of heart Be a peacemaker Do not live in fear to do what is right Be an example to others ("the light of the world") Do not murder (the Buddhist First Precept) Do not commit adultery (The Buddhist Third Precept) Sin is not only found in action but in intention (the Buddhist concept of volitional action creating karma) Keep your promises (The Buddhist Fourth Precept) Turn the other cheek (The Buddhist concept of compassion or karuna) Do charity because it is in your heart to do so (the concept of dana) Do not judge ( The Buddhist concept of the three poisons: hatred, greed and delusion) Always be seeking and questioning ( "seek and you will find .. ") Beware of false prophets and judge them by the fruit they bare (the sutta of the Kalamas) In many ways, this seminal talk of Jesus encompasses almost all of the major concepts of Buddhism.
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