Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?

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Re: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?

Post by chownah » Wed Mar 25, 2015 2:56 am

Is the view that there is a mother and father a right view for a spontaniously arisen being?
Is the view that there is the next world a right view for an arahant?
Does the buddha teach that all right view is factual and sides with the truth? (sutta ref.?)
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Re: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?

Post by Dhammanando » Wed Mar 25, 2015 5:59 am

chownah wrote:Is the view that there is a mother and father a right view for a spontaniously arisen being?
Yes. The phrases "there is a mother" and "there is a father" are not intended to merely assert the existence of these persons. Rather, they're epitomes of the view that there is value and benefit in sons' and daughters' fulfilment of their filial duties. Holding such a view doesn't require one to actually be a son or a daughter.
chownah wrote:Is the view that there is the next world a right view for an arahant?
Yes, when accompanied by the qualifier that the view is descriptive only of the post-mortem destiny of non-arahants. But such a qualifier doesn't need to be added to the phrase "there is the next world", for it is already indicated by the description of mundane right view as: "affected by taints, partaking of merit, ripening in the acquisitions [of becoming]."
chownah wrote:Does the buddha teach that all right view is factual and sides with the truth? (sutta ref.?)
That conformity with fact is what makes a right view right seems to be indicated in the Apaṇṇaka Sutta:

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Re: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?

Post by Mr Man » Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:44 am

Dhammanando wrote:
Mr Man wrote:Is right view an all or nothing thing? Is it something you have or don't have?
That depends whether we are talking about persons or dhammas. With persons it needn't be an all-or-nothing thing. Sometimes they may have right view, sometimes they may doubt, and much of the time they may not even be giving any thought to the matter. But when we are describing things more minutely, in terms of dhammas, then yes, in that context in any given moment right view is either present or absent.


And what does right view constitute of at the level of dhammas, as I would imagine this must be before the mind creates ideas like ""there is a next world"?

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Re: Is Buddhism closer to Christianity than atheism?

Post by Mr Man » Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:54 am

I guess one of the things that would make Theravada closer to Christianity is that the both have fairly clearly defined authoritative texts, which are closed and which can be used to determine what is correct and what is heretical in terms of ideas.

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