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This volume explores the visual images produced by two of the world's great religions, and the cultural and spiritual traditions that inform and support them. Elinor, who traveled extensively throughout Europe and Asia studying the images, draws attention to the way in which they embody history, myth and doctrine, thus offering a comparative introduction to Buddhism and Christianity. He also points out similarities and differences as local inflections of a universal archetype and the basics for dialogues between the two faiths. Finally, he illustrates and explains the symbols, patterns, and styles of art. Contains 120 images of Buddhist and Christian iconography from around the world. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Beautiful without being showy, erudite without being pedantic, complex without being complicated. Surely it will help Christians better understand their Christianity, while making an appreciation of Buddhism accessible to a wider Western audience." Revd Dr William F. Fore "An extraordinary accomplishment which will be valued not just by Buddhists and Christians but by all who acknowledge the need for truth and beauty in the life of the world. Robert Elinor writes with a deep and insightful knowledge of his subject, presenting his material with skill, balance, sensitivity, truthfulness, and understanding." Ronald C. Maddox, General Secretary, The Buddhist SocietySynopsis:
Exploring the visual images produced by two of the world's great religions, this text considers the cultural and spiritual translations that inform and support them, focusing on three key principles. Firstly, it looks at how these images embody history, myth and doctrine, offering a comparative introduction to Buddhism and Christianity. Secondly, it invites readers to see similarities and differences between the images as local inflections of a universal archetype, and the basis for dialogue between two faiths. Finally it aims to make some of the world's most profound and moving art more accessible by illustrating and explaining its patterns and styles.
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Book Description Weatherhill, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0834804468