Daoism in the West: Following Buddhist and Christian Models?

Submitted by James Miller on Thu, 03/17/2011 - 11:06
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TitleDaoism in the West: Following Buddhist and Christian Models?
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2011
AuthorsHulet, B.
JournalJournal of Daoist Studies
Volume4
Pagination154 - 161
Date Published2011/02//
PublisherThree Pines Press
ISBN Number19415516
KeywordsCHUANG Tzu, Laozi, MORAL & ethical aspects, SOCIAL networks, Taoism, TECHNOLOGICAL innovations, TECHNOLOGY -- Religious aspects, Western countries
Abstract

The article examines aspects of Daoism in the Western countries and the role of Buddhism and Christianity as religious models. It mentions the effect of Christian principles which include the acceptance of the wisdom of the Bible while discarding old Daoists' theories about how the world operates. It also examines changes on how Daoists operate which influenced by technological innovations like social networking and Western infrastructure.

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I think the Abstract is a

Submitted by Bill Hulet on Sun, 03/27/2011 - 17:51.

I think the Abstract is a little balled-up. It says:

"The article examines aspects of Daoism in the Western countries and the role of Buddhism and Christianity as religious models. It mentions the effect of Christian principles which include the acceptance of the wisdom of the Bible while discarding old Daoists' theories about how the world operates. It also examines changes on how Daoists operate which influenced by technological innovations like social networking and Western infrastructure."

it might be more accurate if it said the following:

"The article examines aspects of Buddhism and Christianity as religious theory and how that affects the organizational structure of their religious communities. Specifically, it discusses the relationship between Christian authority and scientific truth, and, the basis of Buddhist ecclesiastic authority and personal autonomy. It suggests that religious Daoists learn from the previous mistakes of both Christian and Buddhist communities, and develop a more horizontal, consensus-based internal culture."

I am embarrassed that my writing skills are so bad that someone reading my little essay would so completely misunderstand the points I was trying to make----.