Is the world created by a divine creator? Or is it the constant product of karmic forces? The issue of creation was at the heart of the classic controversies between Buddhism and Hindu Theism. In modern times it can be found at the centre of many polemical debates between Buddhism and Christianity. Is this the principal barrier that separates Buddhism from Christianity and other theistic religions? The contributions to Part One explore the various aspects of traditional and contemporary Buddhist objections against the idea of a divine creator as well as Christian possibilities to meet the Buddhist critique. Part Two asks for the potential truth on both sides and suggests a surprising way that the barrier might be overcome. This opens a new round of philosophical and theological dialogue between these two major traditions with challenging insights for both. Contributors: José I. Cabezón, John P. Keenan, Armin Kreiner, Aasulv Lande, John D'Arcy May, Eva K. Neumaier, Perry Schmidt-Leukel, Ernst Steinkellner.

chapter |12 pages


ByPerry Schmidt-Leukel

part |2 pages

Part One: Buddhist and Christian Perspectives on the Issue of Creation

chapter 1|18 pages

Hindu Doctrines of Creation and Their Buddhist Critiques

ByErnst Steinkellner

chapter 2|14 pages

Three Buddhist Views of the Doctrines of Creation and Creator

ByJosé Ignacio Cabezón

chapter 3|14 pages

Buddhist Forms of Belief in Creation

ByEva K. Neumaier

chapter 4|8 pages

Creation and the Problem of Evil

ByArmin Kreiner

chapter 6|12 pages

Creation and Process Theology: A Question to Buddhism

ByAasulv Lande

chapter 7|16 pages

Buddhists, Christians and Ecology

ByJohn D’Arcy May

part |2 pages

Part Two: The Unbridgeable Gulf? Towards a Buddhist-Christian Theology of Creation

chapter 8|12 pages

Preparing the Ground

chapter 9|20 pages

Buddhist Criticism and Its Motives

chapter 10|34 pages

Bridging the Gulf

chapter 11|2 pages