- Tapa blanda: 264 páginas
- Editor: Bloomsbury 3PL (6 de mayo de 2002)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0567088308
- ISBN-13: 978-0567088307
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Unexpected Way: On Converting from Buddhism to Catholicism (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 6 may 2002
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"The Unexpected Way is more than just the story of one man's conversion to Catholicism; it could be a turning point in the dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity." "[a] fascinating intellectual autobiography....What makes Williams' apologia for Christianity compelling is his awareness of the breadth and depth of the Buddhist tradition....While written is a conversational and accessible style, Williams has clearly thought through his Christian conversion." Amos Yong, Religious Studies Review, April 2003 "[Williams] is certainly among the half-dozen most widely read living interpreters of Buddhist thought to the West...Gratitude and joy are the main threads in the fabric of this book, and this explains why conversion narratives have been and continue to be so important for the church...This is a book to be grateful for in times like these....I hope the church will find ways to encourage such contributions by Williams, and that he will find time and energy to make them." Commonweal, 1/17/03 "A heartfelt and sensitive account it draws the reader in." Church Times, 7 June 2002 "The Unexpected Way is more than just the story of one man's conversion to Catholicism; it could be a turning point in the dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity, for it challenges Christians and Buddhists alike to test the consistency of their intellectual and moral convictions - as gold is tested in a furnace. Essential reading for Christians, their Buddhist friends, and all who would understand the life of faith in the heady confusion of our religiously plural world." Carol Zaleski, Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion and Biblical Literature, Smith College.
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The story of one man's unexpected pilgrimage from Buddhism to Catholicism.There are Christians who, in mid-life decide to abandon their Christian faith and become Buddhists. Paul Williams did the opposite. After twenty years spent practising and teaching Tibetan Buddhism in Britain, scholar and broadcaster Paul Williams astonished his family and friends in 1999 by converting to Roman Catholicism. Williams explains why he joined a Church that many Buddhists and others might regard as a repressed and outdated way of life and belief. He argues that being a Catholic in the modern world is no less rational than being a Buddhist, and may in many respects, be more so.Ver Descripción del producto
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At the very beginning I was a bit skeptical about his religion change (nowadays in the western world being Buddhist is "trendy"), but as I advanced on the book, I realized that his new alternative was well founded and convincing. It is plenty of text references to other sources that are excellent to those Catholics how are willing to mature their truth in God and abandon what the author call "a childish vision of God".
I didn't give it five starts because in some point of his arguments were not as solid as they could have been.
"The Unexpected Way" explores the questions that led him away from Buddhism and towards Christianity. Here are the questions that troubled him. First, that the Buddhist believe that a moral order is built into the fabric of the world. Although Williams agreed, he wondered why "There is no explanation of why it is" (P 42).
What plan, Logos, being made the universe this way? Furthermore, if evil exists, what are we to do about it?
Buddhist seek retreat from and suppression of desire, even of response. What that right? Buddhist soteriology emphasized avoidence of desire, sensation, and community.
In the end, Williams found these questions led him to Christianity.
His conversion to Catholicism displays the curiosity and clarity of thought that he brought to his academic ventures in theology and Buddhism as a whole, and The Unexpected Way proceeds with a startling and defining logic. He describes the work as more of an intellectual exercise than an attempt to elucidate the core principles of Catholicism; that is, more an attempt to understand and clarify those principles for himself.
In the process he has written a fascinating and, for many, useful account of what had to appear to his friends and colleagues as something of a delusion, rather than merely an unexpected path. In his work, he outlines not only the tenets of the Catholic faith, but the rationale, the intellectual basis for believing in them. He concludes, as he must have known he would, by understanding that while the practice of faith cannot proceed from pure reason or logic alone, faith and reason can be complementary or even symbiotic -- logic and reason can assist one in discerning the truth, but in the end, the truth must be what someone believes. Mr. Williams' truths are ones in which he believes, consistent with his faculties of reason, deduction, inference and consistency. He is a Catholic who walks by both faith and conviction, and his lively and witty account of his unexpected journey to this destination is an example to anyone who attempts to answer life's fundamental question: why there is something, rather than nothing.
Williams is a long-standing Budhist scholar, and his perspective on these issues, while personal, is heartfelt and profound. The book is well written and often humorous. The attractiveness of Eastern religions has never been greater in the west, and anyone interested either in them or in their growing role in western culture would do well to read this book.