A reader writes:

I appreciate that you ran those thoughtful rebuttals of Horgan and Florien. I also appreciate that your concluding remarks indicated your own respect for and experience with Buddhism. Yes, it's valuable to stimulate conversation.

But you never did address why you titled the piece "Up from Buddhism." As a person who is a vocal, practicing Catholic, your choice of words is troubling. Are you, in the end, Christocentric? Do you believe Christianity is an advancement over Buddhism? And so on. The fact that you would even think to use such wording suggests that at a deep level you are unclear on such issues. Please clarify.

I was using a headline to express the subjective view of the writer I was linking to (and yes, it was a little tired in its expression). I am Christocentric in the sense that I believe that Jesus was the son of God, but not in the sense that I believe that other faiths have not intuited the divine or grasped the truth beyond us in ways that Christians too can appreciate and learn from.

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