As a Christian I am ashamed that another Christian would write a book like this. This is not a talk between Jesus and Krishna but an insult to Hindui..Show More »sm and India. The alleged Jesus in the book - along with his wimpy and annoying cohort - bully and ridicule Krishna and Hinduism throughout. Moreover, the author catagorizes all formal religions as corrupt. If Lord Jesus acted as the pirate Jesus in this book there would be no Christians as no one would want to follow such an arrogant bigot. It is works like these that continue to pit brothers against brothers. In my opinion this book is propagandistic garbage, written by a venemous fanatic.
C.S. Lewis, after having written the Screwtape Letters, noted that he ought to have written a companion book where heavenly angels were talking to eac..Show More »h other, but lamented that he did not have the ability to pull off such a book, as every page would have to "reek of heaven." I say that to say that Zacharias is way out of his league, and as a literary work, this book is atrocious.
And then there's a major question concerning his methodology. Zacharias' method in exploring Buddhism was apparently to speak to Buddhist monks and nuns, whom Zacharias does not name, and as such the reader can make no judgment whatsoever in regards to whom Zacharias talked to. It is clear that Zacharias couldn't be bothered to read any Buddhist scriptures, or any scholarly writing on either Buddhism or Christianity. As such, this book resigns itself to appealing only to those who already believe that Christianity is the only true religion (or, those who will only read books which reaffirm what they already believe).
In the end, oddly, the reader ends up with a completely supernatural Jesus talking to a "de-mythologized" Buddha. Zacharias seems unaware that there is such a thing as a "de-mythologized" Jesus. Both Theravada and Mahayana schools of Buddhism believe that the Buddha was omniscient. The Buddha is believed to have perfected himself over millions of lifetimes as a bodhisattva, performing the virtuous deeds called "perfections." With his enlightenment the Buddha possessed all manner of supernormal powers, including: full knowledge of all of his past lives, as well as the past lives of all other beings; the ability to know others thoughts; the ability to rise into the air; etc. By all accounts, the Buddha was charismatic.
In short, this book is a strawman argument against Buddhism: lamentably intellectually dishonest. Instead, I recommend the audiobook "Living Buddha, Living Christ."