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Justification And Self-Cultivation: Christian Faith And Buddhist Enlightenment

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As Christianity has come to East Asian soil, its Gospel content has been accepted and transformed by people who grew up and lived in their own multi-religious life setting. How did people in this multi-religious matrix accept and understand the Christian Gospel? An issue here is how to discuss the Reformation teaching of justification in dialogue with a Buddhist concept of Other Power in Amida Buddhism and the Buddhist model of sudden enlightenment and gradual self-cultivation. Jesus Christ is the content of justification imputed from without as well as the basis for one's renewal. Hence, Luther's idea of deification in Christian faith cannot be equated with deification in the sense of an ontological mixture between human nature and the divine nature.

Keywords: Amida Buddhism; Buddhist enlightenment; Christian faith; Christian Gospel; justification; self-cultivation



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