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Have you ever wondered what Jesus would say to Mohammed? Or Buddha? Or Oscar Wilde? Maybe you have a friend who practices another religion or admires a more contemporary figure. Drop in on a conversation between Jesus and some well-known individuals whose search for the meaning of life took them in many directions - and influenced millions.

Popular scholar Ravi Zacharias sets a captivating scene in this first in the intriguing Conversations with Jesus series. Through dialogue between Christ and Gautama Buddha that reveals Jesus' warm, impassioned concern for all people, God's true nature is explored. It's a well-priced version that you will enjoy owning.

©2001 Ravi Zacharias; (P)2008 christianaudio.com

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a good concise comparison

Ravi does an excellent job of making concise ideas for comparison. His ability to illustrate to communicate ideas is wonderful. This is a book that focuses on a few topics which will lead to more questions, but I think that is great. It's a good story.

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  • Kellen
  • Tustin, CA, United States
  • 10-14-13

Make this into a movie!

What made the experience of listening to Lotus and the Cross the most enjoyable?

The dialogue between Jesus and Buddha was fascinating. The story of the young woman trapped in the life of prostitution was heart wrenching and something I could somewhat relate too. And Visually the idea of Jesus, Buddha and this woman being ferry boated through south east asia and walking through buddhist temples i would simply love to see on a movie screen.

What other book might you compare Lotus and the Cross to and why?

The only things i can compare this to is Zacharias's other Great Conversation books.

Which scene was your favorite?

Probably when the 4 of them are walking through the temple.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The devastating story of this young woman's life.

Any additional comments?

I think the only that could have been better was having their action's narrated in 3rd person rather than having the characters themselves say what they were about to do or were doing in 1st person. It sounds really heavy handed and a little cheesy. And when Buddha quoted a common phrase from Ravi Zacharias himself i was like "What? Would Buddha really say that?" Fortunately these things only happened a few times and not enough to ruin the book.

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One-sided confirmation bias

Totally one-sided. Jesus wins every argument. In that sense, this is propaganda and not drama. I was hoping for a genuine discourse between the two savior figures, but this is clearly confirmation bias for literalist fundamentalist Christians. I recommend the works of Carl Jung for comparative religion. Literalism cannot function for such comparison.

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Worship is in the core of human worth.

I loved it! This is like the 3rd time I've listened to this audio book and each time it leaves a sense owe and gratitude to God who chose Dr. Ravi to witness to my spirit and strengthen my faith and commitment to God. And thanks to Vince for such wonderful lecture. Praise be to God, my Father!

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Insightful, Creative

It's impressive that an author could capture such imposing figures as Jesus and Buddha so accurately. Not only was this book informative, it was creative and enjoyable. Check it.

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Compelling story; provocative comparisons.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Ravi's book is written from the Christian viewpoint and the comparisons to Buddhism are certainly provocative. Knowing little about Buddhism, I found myself reading externally to learn more. That said, the story is compelling and the reader, Simon Vance, does an excellent job. I recommend this book.

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Biased

I was looking for something that addressed the differences between Christianity and Buddhism. This book mocks Buddhism and promotes Christianity. It was not what I was looking for but I listened in hopes of hearing something useful. It was just more of the same emotional recitation of Bible verse that I grew up listening to. If you want a feel good story about Christianity, try it BUT if you are looking for intelligent discussion on world religions, don't waste your time.

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Very well done and thought provoking!

I think that this would be a great witnessing tool and conversation starter. Ravi has done an excellent job AGAIN!

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Very good!

Ravi did a masterful job of contrasting Jesus and The Buddha. Many blur the two views. But at their core the teachings are vastly different.

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Interesting way to contrast the perspectives

I think practicing Buddhists would not receive the cold, almost unkind and non-empathic image of Buddha painted in this book well. This is clearly a book written by Christian about Buddhist.

That said... the logic behind the points makes sense and seems to point out obvious inconsistencies within the Buddhist belief framework- I'd love to hear the Buddhist response to these ... Actually I would love to see a devote monk vs Ravi in a live debate...

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  • GoneToTexas
  • 02-28-10

Interesting but extremely biased

First of all, this is read very nicely by Simon Vance (one of my favourite readers of audiobooks).

I was expecting a stimulating and balanced discussion between two of the most famous people in history who have a continuing influence on the World today. However, the Christ presented here is pompous, arrogant and self-righteous. He spends the whole book attacking Shakyamuni Buddha and Buddhism. Christ never mentions antinomianism - a major failing of Christianity.

The author is clearly a Christian and clearly does not understand or respect Buddhism. However, I would recommend this audiobook to anybody because it is thought provoking if flawed and irritating at times.

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  • Charles
  • 03-30-16

beautifully done. amazing work

Loved it. will recommmend to families and friends especially to christians and buddhists searching for the Truth