Master of Arts (MA)
Charles F Smith
Primary Subject Area
Theology; Religion, General
apologetic, bodhisattva, Buddhism, grace, Martin Luther, Shin
This thesis offers an apologetic defense on why grace in Shin Buddhism is not comparable to that of Christianity. This is to defend the faith against those that would propagate pluralism and to defend the uniqueness of Christ himself and his superiority to that of bodhisattvas, ultimately claiming the superiority of Christianity as the truth in light of various world religions. The second purpose is to paint an accurate picture of Shin Buddhism and its meanings behind the use of the word grace. It is also needed to demonstrate fairness and respect between the two different faiths by presenting accurate representations, especially when considering religious dialogue and evangelism.