An Amazing Discovery! A human footprint was recently discovered next to a T. Rex footprint. After careful, scientific, paleontological excavation, the revealed details of the footprint were shocking! SIDdhartha Gautama (The Buddha) seemed to have lived amongst the dinosaurs. Now Buddhists and Christian fundamentalist are contemplating rejoining each other at the dialogue table.
Christian Young-Earth Creationists (40% of Americans) believe that their god, “Yahweh”, created the world in just the manner described in their Holy Book. They believe that each species that has ever existed was created separately and did not evolve. They believe this all happened about 6 -10,000 years ago. Consequently, they believe dinosaurs and humans lived together — being created together on the last day of a 6-day creation spree by Yahweh. They also have fantastic contorted ‘reasoning’ to explain all this — see “Answers In Genesis“.
Many Westerners view Buddhism as a mere meditation practice. But around the world, Buddhism-on-the-ground is packed with myth, superstition and magic. Who would expect different? That is what people do with their religions. Buddhist “relics” are believed to hold such magic (much like Christian relics: pieces of Jesus’ cross or the Holy Grail). Buddhists relics include his teeth, his hair and even his footprints.
The foot print of the Buddha usually contains tell-tale auspicious distinguishing marks felt to be possessed by all awakened beings: Wheel of the Teaching, the good-fortune swastika, the lotus and more.
Many Christians and Buddhists are trying to release their accrued atavistic ballast. But tension between tradition and modernity yields no easy answers. Here are examples of religious sites I enjoy that wrestle well with the tension:
- The Naked Pastor: A former Christian minister wrestling his way out of rhetoric and traditions.
- The Secular Buddhist Association: Buddhists practicing Buddhisms without superstitions.