Just a few short decades ago most Americans would have said that our community is a Christian nation, built upon a Judeo-Christian foundation. While that was true historically and culturally, religious pluralism has grown by leaps and bounds in a short period of time. Today, America has become a spiritual melting pot and home to many different religions. The Eastern religions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucius, and Taoism are thriving here and differ greatly in belief and practice from Christianity. It’s often said that “The East is East and the West is West and never the two shall meet.” Well, the two have been meeting for quite some time and many Christians are confused as to the differences. Authors Corduvan, Yandell and Zukeran help sort out the distinctions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucsism and Taoism respectively. Also, in this issue of the Areopagus Journal, there is an article on Falon Gong, a Taoist off-shoot that is growing globally.
This journal presents crucial information on the issue of the topic distilled by the authors as an alternative for those without the time or the inclination to read numerous books on the topic.
Veritas: Eastern Religions by Craig Branch
Hinduism: Empty Diversity by Winfried Corduan
On Buddhism by Keith E. Yandell
Confucianism and Taoism: An Overview by Patrick Zukeran
What is Falun Gong? by Clete Hux
20 Compelling Evidences that God Exists by Kenneth D. Boa and Robert M. Bowman, Jr. Cook Communications Ministries 2005
An Emergent Theology for Emerging Churches by Ray S. Anderson. InterVarsity Press, 2006
Why I Became An Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity by John Loftus. Prometheus Books, 2008