I can relate. Once I was asked to speak to a Christian group about Buddhism. I am very ignorant about Abrahamic traditions is general, not having a religious upbringing.Caodemarte wrote: ↑Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:22 pmIt is good to remind ourselves, as Meido does in the book, that when we refer to Abrahamic religions we are referring to the beliefs of some members of these faiths. More precisely, we are referring to our understanding of the apparent beliefs of some members of those religions. Very often I read that such and such a religion believes or teaches something that I know is not shared or is even widely condemned as a heresy. Look at the Pope’s recent ridicule of the “God as a magician with a white beard living in the sky” idea. Of course, the same is often true when I read about Buddhism.
It was a wonderful surprise to read about the more liberal side of Christian groups. Learning about Merton was especially interesting to me, for obvious reasons, given his ties to Zen.
So, yes, it's worth putting away the broad brush and realizing that there is much variation out there.