The Impact of Dialogue with Christianity on My Self-Understanding as a Buddhist

  • Masao Abe
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I have been asked to talk about the theme, ‘The Impact of Dialogue with Christianity on my self-understanding as a Buddhist’. Although I am a Buddhist I have been interested in Christianity and Western philosophy from my student days. However, I began a dialogue with Christianity publicly in 1963, when I published an article, ‘Buddhism and Christianity as a Problem of Today’ in the journal Japanese Religions.1 To my pleasant surprise, there came to me many sincere echoes from the West of this small voice in a corner of the East. These responses are the starting point of the ‘Symposium on Buddhism and Christianity’ which was published in the subsequent issues of Japanese Religions2 in the following several years.


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    Karl Rahner, Foundations of Christian Faith; An Introduction to the Idea of Christianity (New York: The Seabury Press, 1978), p. 222.Google Scholar
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    The revised and much enlarged version of the article has been published in book form, edited by John Cobb and Christopher Ives, including the responses by Jürgen Moltmann, Schubert Ogden, Thomas Altizer, David Tracy, Catherine Keller and others in The Emptying God: A Buddhist-Jewish-Christian Conversation (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis Books, 1990), 3–65.Google Scholar
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    Paul Tillich, Love, Power, and Justice (New York: Oxford University Press, 1954), p. 67.Google Scholar

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© Masao Abe 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Masao Abe
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  1. 1.Nara University of EducationJapan

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