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PostRELIGION:: Christ and Buddhism. (John Eipper, USA, 09/12/05 10:44 am)
I wrote: There are scholars who believe that, during his "missing years ", Jesus went to India and studied Buddhism. I called attention to Lost Christianities. The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew by Bart D. Ehrman. Alain de Benoist comments: The book written by Bart D. Ehrman is actually very interesting. He shows how complex was the reality of the first centuries and it confirms that to speak about Christians at that time is an oversimplification. But, as you said, it "does not mention the Buddhist connection".. It does not mention it because, while there were a great many versions of the life of Christ , none of the first followers of Jesus has ever had the strange idea that Jesus went in India or died in India. This bizarre idea is a modern idea, and it s simply rational to dismiss it as a fantasy because we have no serious argument for accepting it.
RH: Yes, but we must still wonder about Christ's "missing years". Moreover we must explain the similarities between Buddhism and Christianity. During Christ's time Buddhism was exp nding, and Buddhist missionaries had reached the Mediterranean. It seems quite possible that Christ met them. Whether they persuaded him to go to India is another story. This discussion moved me to look into Theosophy and its leaders, Helen Blavatsky and Annie Besant. There is an enormous amount of literature on the subject, involving Christ in different ways, but I have been unable to identify the book about Christ's stay in India, where Theosophy is based,