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Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Richard M. Jaffe, Jeff Wilson, and Tomoe Moriya

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520269170

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520269170.001.0001

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Selections from Shin Shūkyō ron (A New Interpretation of Religion)

Selections from Shin Shūkyō ron (A New Interpretation of Religion)

(p.3) 2 Selections from Shin Shūkyō ron (A New Interpretation of Religion)
Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume III
Jeff Wilson, Tomoe Moriya, Richard M. Jaffe
University of California Press

This chapter contains excerpts from Shin shūkyō ron (A New Interpretation of Religion), a book written by D. T. Suzuki and published by Baiyō Shoin in November 1896. There are sixteen chapters dealing mainly with religion and its relationship to philosophy, science, morality, education, social issues, home, and the state. Instead of the Western concept of religion that was modeled after Christianity and its theology, Suzuki tried to present how a Buddhist model of “religion” or “religious experience” would relate to social life. Suzuki searched for a suitable non-Christian “God” that he could use to convey his ideas, eventually settling on a type of postpantheism that appears atheistic from the point of view of mainstream Christianity.

Keywords:   religion, Shin shūkyō ron, D. T. Suzuki, philosophy, science, morality, religious experience, Christianity, God, postpantheism

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