[Buddha-l] A friendly Quaker-Buddhist debate
stroble at hawaii.edu
Fri Jun 10 23:05:23 MDT 2011
> Actually, Steve, Christ crucified is only one image Catholics and Orthodox
> venerate, but there are many others which you apparently don't know about
> or strategically ignore. Peace loving as you are, your disdain and
> intolerance seems a bit out of place here. But then again, I suppose it
> is a sign of superior intelligence.
Oh my Gosh! (notice how I typed the whole thing out?) Here we go!
Actually, when I was growing up as an involuntary Catholic, it was the sacred
heart that probably freaked me out more. But I often point out the complete
subversion enacted by Christian symbolology (did I just go Dan Brown?). To
take the Roman instrument of criminal punishment, the crucifix, and turn it
into a symbol of religious salvation, take some real, uh, cojones. If Jesus
was executed in the fifties, Christians today would be wearing tiny gold
electric chairs instead of crosses.
[Mandatory Buddhist content:] The point remains, however, of the sacrificial
nature of Abrahamic religions. This is what Buddhism rejected in the Vedic
tradition, and has an unfortunate tendency to translate into a "sacrifice your
enemies before they sacrifice you!" I don't think there is any such notion of
purification by blood in Buddhism, and it is one thing that sets it apart as a
religious tradition. Not a sign of superior intelligence.
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