By Peebles, J.M.; Mohattiwatte, Gunanda; De Silva, D.
This e-book, 'The nice Debate - Buddhism and Christianity head to head' is a correct mirrored image of the historic get together while Buddhism and Christianity have been introduced into an enviornment of nose to nose arguable dialogue via an oral debate, led via the eminent Ven. Migettuwatte Gunananda thero, the silver tongued orator of the age and David De Silva, a Wesleyan minister held at Panadura, Sri Lanka approximately one and 1 / 4 centuries in the past whilst old Sri Lanka (Ceylon) was once less than British colonial rule and Buddhism was once in nice threat end result of the island being overrun by way of a flood of Christian missionaries. The chapters of this ebook has been defined the starting place and occurrence of Buddhism, the doctrines of Buddhism, the ethical impact of Bu, rebirth, Animistic or spirit rules , and diverse speeches made by way of Reverend Migettuwatte Gunananda and Reverend David De Silva on Buddhism and Christianity. moreover, it's been this book which brought on Colonel H. S. Olcott of the United States to embody Buddhism.
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An attempt had been made to ascertain the numerical strength of each faction, by parting off the compound, by a fence put up in a line with the partition of the platform on which the reverend gentlemen sat, but the increa sing numbers prevented the arrangement being carried out. The bungalow itself presented a very gay appearance; the half of it occupied by the Protestant party was decorated with ever greens, and had a ceiling and cloths on the table as white as snow. The Buddhists, however, went in for more colour; they had rich damask tabic covers, a ceiling which reminded one of the tri-color flag of the French, and festoonings of variegated hues, in addition to the yellow silk or satin robes of the priests themselves.
The identical wrong-doer, according to the Buddhists, never suffered for his misdeeds. They denied the existence of an Atma (soul), and both these doctrines only shewed that no religion ever held out greater inducements to the unrighteous than Buddhism did. He then lastly implored the audience, in the name of the Almighty, to care fully and without prejudice weigh the replies that would be tendered, and to hold fast, even at the risk of their lives, that which was true. Before closing, he thanked the audience—fully 5,000 men—for the quiet and attentive manner in which they had listened to him.
DAVIB DE SILVA’S FIRST SPEECH 53 He asked whether this, being the proper doctrine as expounded in their books, it was likely that the actions of any human being would be influenced by it. if the doctrine were true, it was clear that those who performed meritorious actions would not be benefitted, for even sup posing that there were any rewards, the doer would not reap them but another. Besides, was it at all to be expected that a man who believes his end to be similar to that of a dog, or a frog, would care what actions he committed ?