My good friend Louis McBride of Baker Book House offers a brief review of the upcoming Buddhism: A Christian Exploration and Appraisal authored by two towering Christian intellects, Keith Yandell (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Harold Netland (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School).
Although I’ve not yet read it, I’m confident it will become a must read for anyone engaged in discussions on Buddhist beliefs and practice.
I had an interesting conversation at work today. My co-worker (from Thailand) asked if I would take the bible given to her from the ESL class she takes at a local church. Understanding her well enough, I asked her if she would like a bible in her own language; she looked at me stunned, not realizing that bibles came in any other language other than English. She stuttered a bit, and then said “well, I’m a Buddist, not a Christian”. I left it at that ( I don’t directly evangelize at work…indirectly works for me) but I am familiar with the church she takes classes at, and will stop by to offer my catalog of foreign language bibles. If you want to take advantage of opportunites to spread the Gospel…I suggest you don’t make it a part of some lesson plan. As a person called (at least for right now) to evangelize to people from SE Asia,(here in the States) you have to be aware of the multiple language bibles out there. After all it is the “truth you know and understand that will make you free” (my paraphrase of John 8:32)
I could not agree more with offering a Bible in one’s native tongue. God’s truth can and is expressed in multiple languages. ‘Tis yet another measure of his grace that the judgment of language due to human rebellion (Genesis 11) does not quell the advancement of God’s truth.
Perhaps you may find the books mentioned of some use should God give you an “indirect” means of evangelizing someone.
I meant to respond to this earlier than this but this little write-up is especially significant to me. My dad was a practicing Buddhist for many years. He professed his faith in Jesus on his death bed however, he lived in a few different “Zen Centers” in NYC and Los Angeles at different periods of his life. Having spent considerable time with professed Buddhists, monks, and even “Zen Masters” I will be reading this with particular interest. Thanks for heads up on this -Ravi’s book too.