Buddhism And Christianity : A Western Religion Essay

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Humans from all corners of the Earth believe (or do not believe) in a multitude of faiths. There are several major religions and thousands of minor religions that have a following. Most religions can be categorized as either a Western religion or an Eastern religion. Examples of religions from the West include Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; examples from the East include Hinduism, Buddhism, and Daoism. While “every religion is different … all religions share certain core values” (R. Steckel et al.). An interesting case is the comparison of Buddhism (an Eastern religion) and Christianity (a Western religion). Although Buddhism and Christianity share some common views on the problem of humanity, they have many more fundamental differences that cannot be reconciled – especially differences in how to solve that problem. In the beginning, Buddhism and Christianity – like most other major religions – came to be founded in the ancient past and both possess their own rich histories. The origins of Buddhism is a fascinating tale of the East. Thousands of years ago, the Hindus of India believed that people were stuck “in a continuous cycle of life, death and rebirth called reincarnation” (R. Steckel et al. 9). The founder of Buddhism, Siddhartha Gautama, was a prince born in approximately 500 BCE (Prothero 169). The prince lived a lavish life in the royal palace and, thanks to his father, he was shielded from the reality of the outside world. Siddhartha never knew what it meant…

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