2020 Book Review: Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings by Marcus Borg

I am drawn to religious books. I know this must surprise many, but those close to me aren’t surprised. I’ve been studying religious topics since I was young. I’ve spoken in the past about being allowed by my parents to find my own path spiritually. I’ve also thanked them for this. It allowed me to expand my horizons, become more compassionate and understanding to those different from myself, and educate myself in a way I wouldn’t have been able to. Because of this I come across books like Jesus and Buddha: The Parallel Sayings.
This is an interesting book, for someone like me. It shows that though these two men were separated by time and space, they held the same beliefs. It takes quotes from both and sets them side by side so the reader can see for themselves. It is also divided into sections to further organize the subject.
This is not a book trying to convert people to one religion over another. I found it a way to show that both men are similar and taught similarly.

To summarize, the best I can in my own words, the book itself:

  • We’re not so different.
  • Treating others as you would like to be treated is the same as considering others as yourself.
  • There are beneficial beliefs in other religions, in unexpected places, for some I’m sure.

This review is a part of my 2020 yearlong self-challenge to read and review. I have reread some books for the purpose of reviewing them on my website whereas I have read others for the first time. Check out Book Reviews and Recommendations to find other book reviews, book recommendations, and more information about the books I’m reading, have read, or are sharing.

Have you read this book? What were your thoughts? Do you agree with me? Do you disagree? Let’s have a conversation about it.

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