The Spread of Buddhism and Christianity
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This paper focuses on the historical context in framing the relationship between man and religions, which were spread out of their homelands due to contact with other societies. The paper explains that this spreading phenomenon also caused several religions to no longer be fringe cults but instead widely accepted global institutions, three examples of which are Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. Each of these three religions, the paper notes, had very dedicated followers who considered it their responsibility to spread the holy word, and teach the values of the faith to those who had not yet been enlightened by the religion itself. The paper explores the circumstances unique to the spread of Buddhism and Christianity, respectively, including human movements, political systems, and social parameters that invoked the magnification of their influence. Finally, the paper concludes that this is meaningful to us as a demonstration of the crucial role played by the historical context in framing the relationship between man and faith.
From the Paper:"Consistent with this recurrent idea that Christianity would undergo a gradual evolution to help produce the identity that we know today, a consideration of the traditions of worship in Christianity shows us that this religion only resembles that of the previous 2000 years in its claim to the origins of Jesus Christ. The manner in which churches and individuals have sought to engage this claim through praise and extolment has varied considerably over this duration. Today, a casual sweep of a local community on a Sunday morning is likely to reveal that each service promotes its own denominational emphases on imagery, whether such concerns the crucifixion, historical figures of the New Testament or some hybridization of the scriptures and the specific ethnic demographic's relationship claimed thereto."
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