The Way of Jesus in other Faith Traditions
Fri 4:00pm - 4:50pm
Venue: Convo 11
“Truth is one, sages call it by various names.” (Rig Veda) Stories have been told for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the late 1800s and early 1900s that scholars began to map the common underlying structure of folktales, myths, and poetry. In The Hero with a Thousand Faces (1949), a popular work of comparative mythology, Joseph Campbell dubbed the archetypal tale “the hero’s journey.” Told and retold by diverse authors and storytellers across time and space, the hero’s journey occurs and recurs in stories worldwide, incorporating the same basic narrative stages and elements, despite vast differences of place, culture, and language. The hero’s journey is a single, archetypal myth that manifests in diverse ways according to circumstances. If myths follow a common pattern, why not paths to enlightenment? “The Way of Jesus in other Faith Traditions” is an attempt to reveal the monopath – a single archetypal path to human enlightenment that manifests in diverse ways in different wisdom traditions. Analyzing paths to enlightenment from Judaism, Buddhism, Ancient Greek Philosophy, and Christianity, “The Way of Jesus in other Faith Traditions” exposes a single underlying structure common to canonical texts in all four wisdom traditions. Good mix of ancient truths, modern approaches, common sense, and contemplative prayer.