Posted: May 10, 2017 5:56 pm
by John Platko
Arjan Dirkse wrote:I'm a big supporter of cherry picking. It's cherry picking that gives me the most hope for the future, the religious leaving behind the literal interpretations and just taking the parts that inspire them and that can be reconciled with modernity. For me any sect or denomination that claims to be based on the teachings of Jesus Christ is Christian.

I'm more familiar with Buddhist sects than Christian, in Buddhism the various East Asian Mahayana sects (Zen/Chan, Tendai/Tiantai, Kegon, Nichiren, Pure Land) are all cherry picking, they base themselves on specific parts of the large body of Buddhist literature. Just as anything based on the teachings Jesus can call itself Christianity, anything based on the teachings of Buddha can call itself Buddhism.

Great post.