Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Bad Buddhists, Persecuted Christians

In this story, Christians are being beaten and persecuted by Buddhists. I don't know the background but it is definitely the case that having a Buddhist cultural background is no guarantee that you will be a good Buddhist. Homogeneous cultures often include belief in a single religion. In these cases, religion gets very confused with culture. For example, people often confuse Arabic culture with Islam. In Asia, some culturally homogenous Buddhist groups can be quite intolerant and even racist. One of the advantages of Buddhist Christianity is that it forces one to sort out what is culture and what is the essence of the religion

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