Wednesday, December 19, 2007
I have had a longstanding interest in the study of comparative religion. I have especially examined Judaism because it provided a background to Christianity. as we know Jesus himself was raised and lived within this tradition. I have a firm belief we can't really understand the Christian faith without search the roots of the tradition and examining the lives of the people involved.
Likewise the eastern religions of India and China - Hinduism , and the way of Taoism - both a study in contrasts and parallels for the western mind. I remember being told that the western mind was incapable of understanding eastern thought. There has certainly been a lot of interest in some eastern techniques of meditation by the west in the twentieth century but very few actually penetrate to the heart of the matter.
This course offered an opportunity to broaden my contacts religions around the world, offering an integration of ideas and a wide range of new ideas utilized by people to explain life and the reality of the world around us.
I especially enjoyed the excellent bibliographical matter which allowed me to explore the ideas.
This was really a great course for me.
Rev. Zelma Emerson
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