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Buddhism’s Relation to Christianity: A Review by D.M. Murdock

Buddhism’s Relation to Christianity: A Review by D.M. Murdock

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In this ebook, independent comparative religion scholar D.M. Murdock (aka “Acharya S”) reviews Dr. Michael Lockwood’s book “Buddhism’s Relation to Christianity.” This review is a book in and of itself, providing numerous important excerpts along with commentary by Murdock, along with a table of contents.

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In this ebook, independent comparative religion scholar D.M. Murdock (aka “Acharya S”) reviews Dr. Michael Lockwood’s book “Buddhism’s Relation to Christianity.” This review is a book in and of itself, providing numerous important excerpts along with commentary by Murdock, along with a table of contents.

This ebook is designed for scholars and students of comparative religion and mythology, with an eye to enthusiasts in the field of “Jesus mythicism,” the thesis that the figure of “Jesus Christ” in the New Testament represents not a single, historical personage but an allegorical archetype. This archetype, therefore, constitutes a compilation of characters, some mythical and some historical. In this regard, one of the figures used in the creation of the Christ character was “the Buddha,” also a mythical compilation of characters.

As Lockwood demonstrates with his anthology and commentary, there is much primary-source evidence to demonstrate that Buddhism made its way West during the Great Mission of Buddhist convert King Ashoka. Once at Alexandria, Egypt, this Buddhism was reworked over a period of centuries to become what we know as “Christianity.”

Original material used in this ebook review is available by permission of the author, Dr. Michael Lockwood. Note that this ebook is not the original title by Lockwood.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Buddhist Parallels in Sculpture
What is “pre-Christian?”
Tales of the Buddha
Miraculous Birth
Master and Disciples
The Visit of the Sage
Temptation by the Evil One
Walking on Water
Buddhist Parallels in Inscriptions
Medical Missionaries
Buddha Becomes a Christian Saint
The Saints are Gods of Other Cultures
Parable Parallels
St. Josaphat, aka BuddhaThe Lotus Sutra
The 500 Brothers
Parallel Sayings
Firsts Established by Buddhism
Buddhist Sexism
Were the Therapeuts of Egypt Buddhists?
Angels and Saints
The Two Thieves
Pythagoras and Apollonius of Tyana
Indians in the Mediterranean
From Alexandria to Sri Lanka
Relics and Confession
The Calling of Councils
Printing of Scriptures
Alms-Giving
The Historicity of Jesus
Jesus Mythicism
Buddhist and NT Scholars
Criticism
Bibliography