Religious Intolerance


I was perusing a book in a bookstore today: Buddha or Bust: In Search of Truth, Meaning, Happiness, and the Man Who Found Them All, by Peter Garfinkel. The book seems to be partly a travelogue and partly an exploration of the roots of Buddhism. I was a little intrigued by the book, but I also noted as I skimmed that at one point the author dismissed the Western notion of a belief in God as being not just contrary to the Buddhist path of enlightenment, but fundamentally flawed and detrimental to those who believe. Reading those words, I faced another unfortunate example of the reality that Christians who assert that only true believers in Christ can be "saved" aren't the only religiously intolerant people out there in the world.