In a recent blog post about Robert Elinor’s Buddha & Christ: Images of Wholeness by our sister the Lutterworth Press, they were anxiously awaiting the arrival of Paul O. Ingram’s new publication The Process of Buddhist-Christian Dialogue.
And now, we are pleased to announce, it has arrived! We thought we would pass on the press release to pique your interest in this fascinating and insightful book:
The Process of Buddhist-Christian Dialogue
By Paul O. Ingram
In recent years there has been a burgeoning of interest in Buddhist-Christian studies, an area of theory which compares Buddhism and Christianity on comprehensive theological and philosophical grounds—such as ultimate reality, human nature, suffering, evil and the role of Christ and Buddha historically. It asks in what ways do these religions intersect and what can each learn from its religious ‘other’? Paul O. Ingram’s new publication explores this profoundly postmodern experience of religious pluralism.
Ingram’s new title builds chiefly on the theoretical basis of his previous work Buddhist-Christian Dialogue in an Age of Science, in which the dialogue between these two faiths was expanded to include their interaction with the natural sciences, creating a ‘trialogue’ of interpretation. The Process of Buddhist-Christian Dialogue turns again to dialogue and ‘trialogue’, revolutionising his original readings through the added perspective of Alfred North Whitehead’s process philosophy, a theory of metaphysics that emphasises the role of processes in philosophical and ontological analysis. Ingram practically applies this mode of philosophy whereby: ‘process is fundamental to not only human experience, but to the structure of reality, the way things and events really are’ (Author Introduction). The principal discovery at the heart of Ingram’s thesis is that the Buddhist-Christian dialogue in its three modes – conceptual, social engagement and interior – act as interdependent processes of creative transformation. According to this theory, the interreligious dialogue is a process by which the believer passes into the other faith tradition, inherits what can and cannot be appropriated into his/her own faith, before being reconciled into the original faith community
The Process of Buddhist-Christian Dialogue explores both faiths as comparative practical humanitarian forces in the world, which Ingram finds to be the ultimate “common ground” between Buddhism and Christianity. Thus transcending purely religious matters, the global-cultural span of this work gives rise to debates of social, environmental, economic and gender justice. This text will appeal therefore to those with interests as varied as philosophy, sociology, theology, comparative religion, ethics and mission studies.
Reviews for The Process of Buddhist-Christian Dialogue:
“The multifaceted complexity and richness of the work, however, issues from Paul Ingram’s wholehearted engagement with dialogue, not just as a scholar, but as a person. In plumbing the very depths of his own faith, he has been inexorably impelled to examine his life within the larger scope of human and cosmic diversity, to reach beyond any sort of dogmatically predefined boundaries. He is a scholar of Japanese Pure Land thought, East Asian Buddhism, and religion and science, but it is here in The Process of Buddhist-Christian Dialogue that he truly reveals the deep hues of his kaleidoscopic lifework.”
Mark Unno, University of Oregon
“Ingram offers an insightful, well-structured, and panoramic view of the field of Buddhist-Christian studies, mapping out the conceptual, socially engaged, and interior dimensions of the dialogue that continue to enrich and expand the horizons of both traditions.”
Ruben L.F. Habito, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University
About the Author: Paul O. Ingram is Professor of Religion Emeritus at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He is the author of Buddhist-Christian Dialogue in an Age of Science, Wrestling with God, and Wrestling with the Ox: A Theology of Religious Experience.
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If The Process of Buddhist-Christian Dialogue has intrigued you, you may also be interested inMeditation and Piety in the Far East by Karl Ludwig Reichelt, Martin Luther and Buddhism: Aesthetics of Suffering by Paul S. Chung and Islam and Christian Theology: A Study of the Interpretation of Theological Idea in the Two Religons by James Sweetman. To purchase The Process of Buddhist-Christian Dialogue or any of these related titles, please visit our website at www.jamesclarke.co.