Awareness of Evil in Christianity and Buddhism

in Probing the Depths of Evil and Good
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This inquiry into evil in Christianity and Buddhism is grounded in the various stages of self-awareness of the self and the world. The aim is to clarify how all religions misinterpret the origin of evil because of a false self-awareness of the self and, by consequence, a wrong understanding of the world. The reason is that they do not reach true self-awareness because believers in those religions do not yet live and think according to the paradigm of absolute nothingness as absolute infinite openness. This infinite openness includes relative being, relative nothingness, absolute being and nihil as paradigms of various schools in European philosophy. Kitaro Nishida (1870-1945), as the first original philosopher in Japan, advocated the paradigm of absolute nothingness as the absolute negation of each substantial standpoint. In this contribution it is argued that all religions can be understood on the basis of this absolute openness, that the philosophical method concerning religion should be an analysis of self-awareness as self-awareness sive intuition, and that this approach must be applied to the understanding of evil as well. This paper will discuss: 1) What is self-awareness? 2) What is evil in religion? 3) liberation from evil in religion; 4) correspondence to self-awareness in Christianity and Buddhism.

Probing the Depths of Evil and Good

Multireligious Views and Case Studies

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