Category: Comparative Studies

  • A Comparative Analysis of the Major World Religions From a Christian Perspective
    • A blog by Ernest Valea, with detailed comparisons between Christianity and other world religions.
  • All Major Groups and Religious Movements List
    • comparative articles from a mainstream Christian perspective
  • Amida and Christ: Buddhism and Christianity
    • Amida, the Buddha of Pure Land Buddhism, can be compared and contrasted to Jesus, the god of Christianity. Written from a Christian perspective.
  • Calendars
    • Descriptions of the Babylonian calendar, Jewish and Moslem calendars and the Era of Nabonassar, Jewish Eras of the World, a modern Luni-Solar calendar, the calendar in India, and Iranian calendars
  • Christian Contemplation and Zen Enlightenment: Are They the Same?
    • This is the transcript of a DVD of a workshop given in August, 1991 at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kansas, comparing Zen enlightenment and Christian contemplation.
  • Comparative Analysis of Christianity and Buddhism Worldviews
    • The purpose of this essay is to briefly compare some key elements of the Christian and Buddhist worldview as pertaining to the concept of God, the soul, suffering, and their view of religious concepts.
  • Comparison Chart for Oriental Religions
    • This chart compares the country of origin, dates, and names of founders, and social status of several world religions.
  • Do All Paths Lead to the Same Destination?
    • Is it possible that Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, etc. represent differing, yet valid, paths to the same destination? This article examines arguments for and against the claim that all paths lead to the same destination.
  • East-West Contemplative Dialogue
    • Where Christian mysticism and metaphysics enters into dialogue with Buddhism and Hinduism.
  • Equipping Christians to Understand Other World Faiths and Religious Philosophies
    • Specifically written for Christians wanting to understand other world religions, this table cross-references the ideas of god, man & the universe, salvation & the afterlife, morals, and worship with the philosophies found in Biblical Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, and Judaism.
  • India in Primitive Christianity
    • The connection between Christianity and Buddhism is unmistakable, both in terms of the traditional narratives of the respective founders, and in their parable-riddled attributed sayings. Some, particularly occultists, have attempted to explain this by proposing a residence in India by Jesus during his 'lost years,' for instance, Notovich, and the derivative work by Dowling. Arthur Lillie here examines possible historical linkages between the two religions from a critical, rationalist, viewpoint.
  • Inner Explorations
    • Where Christian mysticism, theology and metaphysics meet Eastern religions, Jungian psychology and a new sense of the earth.
  • Karma
    • A description of karma in Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism.
  • Pagan Christs
    • J.M. Robertson herein challenges not only the historical authenticity of the canonical accounts of the founding of Christianity, but also Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, Zoroastrianism, and Judaism. He seeks to answer the question implicit in Kersey Graves' 1875 screed, The World's Sixteen Crucified Saviors. Why so many similar stories of savior figures in world religion?
  • Pluralistic Hypothesis and the Problem of Conflicting Truth-Claims
    • How is one to view the myriad of religions that exist in the world today? For many years this question has occupied the attention of philosopher John Hick.
  • Snake-bird gods fascinated both Aztecs and Ancient Egyptians
    • Ancient Mexicans and Egyptians who never met and lived centuries and thousands of miles apart both worshiped feathered-serpent deities, built pyramids and developed a 365-day calendar.
  • Specific Similarities Between the Lives of Jesus and Krishna
    • Were the stories of the Christian deity Jesus copied from the stories of the Hindu deity Krishna?
  • The Jungian-Christian Dialogue
    • Where Jungian Psychology encounters Christian philosophy, theology and spirituality
  • The Pluralism Project
    • Over the past five decades, immigration has dramatically changed the religious landscape of the United States. Today, the encounter of people of different religious traditions takes place in our own cities and neighborhoods. In 1991, the Pluralism Project at Harvard University began a pioneering study of America's changing religious landscape. Through an expanding network of affiliates, we document the contours of our multi-religious society, explore new forms of interfaith engagement, study the impact of religious diversity in civic life, and contextualize these findings within a global framework.
  • The Ten Commandments: Many Topics, Viewpoints & Interpretations
    • The 10 Commandments from the Old Testament of the Bible are interpreted differently depending on one's tradition
  • The Unity of Shinto, Confucianism and Bhuddism
    • The notion of shinjubutsu itchi held that Shinto, Confucianism and Buddhism are ultimately identical.
  • The World Factbook - Religions
    • From the World Factbook, this article gives a short description of several religions and a country comparison.
  • What Can We Learn from Hinduism: Recovering the Mystical
    • by Marcus Braybrooke. A book written for Christians about understanding Hinduism.
  • World Views
    • Many books have been written on the subject of world views from both Christian and non-Christian perspectives. Ideally speaking, only one world view can correctly mirror reality.