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Author(s): Waldenfels, Hans | Horowski, Reinhard | Hampe, Michael | Dierken, Jörg
[German Version] I. Religious Studies – II. Natural Sciences – III. Philosophy – IV. Philosophy of Religion and Fundamental Theology I. Religious Studies The modern development of the concept of consciousness, in conjunction with the simultaneous concern for data in religious studies, has led to the question of the locus and understanding of consciousness in non-European systems of thought and religion. The underlying reality of the basic Western understanding of consciousness, which was rathe…

Buddhism and Christianity

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Author(s): Waldenfels, Hans | Schmidt, Gabriele
The first references to relations between Buddhism and Christianity come from Clement of Alexandria (ca. 150-ca. 215; see Strom. Information about Buddhism may be found in the letters and journals of Francis Xavier (1506–52) and other Jesuit missionaries. True dialogue between Buddhism and Christianity began when the lands of Asia opened themselves to the West and Christian missionary work led to the development of a new religious self-awareness in Asia (Mission). The World Parliament of Religions…