Historically, they share a relationship not unlike Christianity and Judaism in that they are so similar in someways, but absolutely contrary in other critical ways. Buddhism basically originates as a spiritual movement in rebellion of the heirarchical and dogmatic Hindu system built around the Upanishads. Buddhism rejects the vedantic interpretations of the scriptures, and indeed the scriptures themselves, insisting that whatever it is that is "salvation" must be a personal journey and so on...Originally posted by peacecat
hinduism is pretty different than buddhism in some ways...i guess.
I don't know. this just seems to be splitting hairs here. (As opposed to splitting hares which is definitely not on topic here.) You are piling a lot of loaded words into that definition of atheism. As an atheist I don't "reject" either theism or any "concept of the divine" outright. Some, I find so inconsistent to the point of foolishness, others are too fuzzy to say anything about and still others are plausible but not convincing.Originally posted by CharityAJO
Well, I can't speak for Mr. Molloy, but personally I think there is a difference between atheism and nontheism. Atheism is an outright rejection of any theism, any concept of the divine. Nontheism, however, is something that just doesn't ask the question, "is there a god?"