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By Perry Schmidt-Leukel

Is the realm created via a divine writer? Or is it the consistent made of karmic forces? the difficulty of construction was once on the center of the vintage controversies among Buddhism and Hindu Theism. nowa days, it may be came across on the centre of many polemical debates among Buddhism and Christianity. is that this the primary barrier that separates Buddhism from Christianity and different theistic religions? The contributions to half One discover a number of the points of conventional and modern Buddhist objections opposed to the assumption of a divine author in addition to Christian percentages to satisfy the Buddhist critique. half asks for the aptitude fact on either side and indicates a stunning manner that the barrier may be conquer. This opens a brand new around of philosophical and theological discussion among those significant traditions with demanding insights for either.

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42 It begins with the statement, 'A permanent authority does certainly not exist' (nityal1J pramanal1J naivasti, PV 2:8a). In the following stanzas (PV 2:8-28), Dharrnaklrti first demonstrates the impossibility of a permanent kind of epistemic source (PV 2:8-9), following which he refutes the proofs of God propounded by the Nyaya school (PV 2: 10-16), applies this refutation also to other schools' proofs (PV 2: 17-20), and concludes by pointing out some contradictions in the Nyaya conception of God (PV 2:21-8).

Subsequently, proof as well as refutation of God as creator of the world were now subject to more formal rules of logic, presented and discussed accordingly, and became the task of specialists. Simplified, it can be said of this period that on the side of the theistic traditions, the brahmanical Nyaya school, and on the side of the Buddhist, the tradition of Dignaga, and from the seventh century of Dharmaklrti and his followers, represented opposing parties on the battlefield. Up to the time ofthe disappearance of the Buddhist 'atheists' from Indian soil under the onslaught of the Muslims, the new and less tolerant theists in India, this contest flourished richly both philosophically and logically, in which the problem of God's existence and activity was developed in all its logical perspectives.

8), pp. 78-85; R. Jackson, 'Atheologyand Buddhalogy' (fn. 15), pp. 479-83; H. Krasser, Sahkaranandanas jsvarapakaranasQlik~epa, Teil 2, op. cit. (fn. 23), pp. 19-55. Hindu Doctrines of Creation and Buddhist Critiques 29 contesting part{es were claiming a more or less common ground of logic. It is on this ground that the participants in sixth- and seventh-century polemics sought to reformulate their traditional arguments for their philosophical positions in accordance with the. formal principles obligatory since Dignaga's breakthrough.

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