Ravi Zacharias’s The Lotus and the Cross: Jesus Talks with Buddha is a theological argument cleverly disguised as a story. Its basic premise is simple: if Jesus and Buddha met on a boat today, what would they say? How would they disagree? Most important, who would be right?
One of a four-part series called Great Conversations, this book serves as a balanced and fair scrutiny of Christianity and Buddhism—where the two religions agree, where they disagree, and which has the better claim to truth. Through a unique concept, Zacharias (a renowned Christian scholar) gives Christians clear insight into the central tenets—and, more importantly, the hidden failures—of Buddhism.
Though it doesn’t make for an exciting afternoon of reading, The Lotus and the Cross delves deep into murky and fascinating topics, from the purpose of suffering to the nature of truth to the existence of the human soul. Altogether, the book serves as an excellent resource for readers seeking to “be ready to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that [they] have” (1 Peter 3:15), or anyone who wants to give a Buddhist friend a thought-provoking Christmas or birthday gift. – Chandler Birch, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Have you ever wondered what Jesus would say to Mohammed? Or Buddha? Or Oscar Wilde? Maybe you have a friend who practices another religion or admires a more contemporary figure. Drop in on a conversation between Jesus and some well-known individuals whose search for the meaning of life took them in many directions -- and influenced millions. Popular scholar Ravi Zacharias sets a captivating scene in this first in the intriguing Conversations with Jesus books. Through dialogue between Christ and Gautama Buddha that reveals Jesus' warm, impassioned concern for all people, God's true nature is explored. It's a well-priced, hard cover volume readers will want to own, and also share with others.