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A Case of Distortion: The Evangelical Missionary Interpretation of Buddhism in 19th Century Sri Lanka
Author Harris, Elizabeth J.
Source Science of Religion
Volumev.21
Date1994
Pages19 - 42
PublisherRoots and Branches
LocationCambridge, UK [劍橋, 英國]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Language英文=English
NoteOriginal source journal: Dialogue
Keyword斯里蘭卡佛教=Sri Lankan Buddhism
AbstractThe author seeks to untangle the context surrounding the presentation of Buddhism in Sri Lanka as nihilistic. Her basic contention is that the "blatant distortion of the nihilistic interpretation arose through the interaction of religious, historical and economic forces which placed a steel barrier between many missionaries and objective appraisal of Buddhism". When "missionary spoke to Buddhist monk,for instance,it was not simply a meeting between two religious people but an encounter between two different approaches to soteriology or the doctrine of salvation/ liberation and two socio-economic situations within the additional context of imperial power relationships. Of central importance,however,was the exclusivist Christian theology nurtured by the Evangelical revival,which shaped the vocation of the 19th century missionaries. Both their dialogue with Buddhism and their interpretation of the texts were shaped by it". (RB)
ISSN01658794
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Created date2000.11
Modified date2019.08.13



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