by Carole Losee © 2005-2019

EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION

TO

ELIZABETH SEEGER'S

EASTERN RELIGIONS


by Carole Losee © 2005

 

With the contemporary world rent into conflicting, competing, and occasionally deadly hostile ideological and religious divisions, it is imperative that we understand the roots and basic beliefs of the religions of the world's people. This narrative, written for middle school-aged students, describes religions whose roots are in eastern Asia.


As Elizabeth Seeger points out in her introductory chapter, "East and West," Judaism, Christianity, and Islam were born in western Asia. With so much attention now being paid to the competing geo-political interests of these religions, it is all too easy to ignore the richness of the religious tapestry born in another section of Asia: the "East" of India, China, and Japan. It is imperative that we learn more about each other and understand that the spiritual questions that men and women ask are not unique to one race or one place or one culture, but represent the universal human questioning heart. We are indebted to Elizabeth Seeger for her introduction and expert guidance into the spiritual experiences of Eastern Asia.


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