Lecture 15: Explorations in Buddhist Apologetics 1
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Buddhist mudras are hand gestures which have physical and spiritual significance. Family ties in a shame-based culture may often place significant social pressures on a person considering converting from Buddhism to Christianity.
Penetrating the Buddhist Heart
I. Buddhist Mudras
E. Calling earth to witness
II. Explorations in Buddhist Apologetics (part 1)
A. Ten Insights from Buddhist converts: an inside view
1. If you meet Christ on the road, you should worship Him:
The historicity of the Christian claims
2. But, what will mom and dad say? Family Ties in a “shame” based culture
Shame Culture: Eastern world has historically been guided by strong corporate, group conformity. If someone does not maintain a good appearance and earn the good opinion of others, then there is a sense of / feeling of shame. It is important to keep one’s duty to family and society.
Guilt Culture: Western world has historically been guided by strong personal standards (internalized through sacred texts) which, if violated by sinful behavior, create a sense of personal guilt.
Terms to know from this lecture:
Shame vs. guilt culture
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