BEYOND THE BOUNDS OF RELIGION: CHRISTIAN THEOLOGIAN RECOMMENDS THE BUDDHA FROM BABYLON

Denis O'Callaghan Ph.D.

Director Emeritus Theologian in residence at Scripture Institute

It is said that there are two types of writers. One who has something to say and the other who has to say something. In the case of Harvey Kraft, Harvey had something to say in his book ‘The Buddha from Babylon.’ And said it he did! As a historian in early Christianity, I felt honored to have the opportunity to read Harvey’s tome.

It was as if he picked me out and said “The task of the artist at any time is uncompromisingly simple — to discover what has not yet been done, and to do it.” Had Harvey not sent me his latest work, I might not have stopped to consider Buddhism.

But like all good authors, Harvey drew me in slowly at first, until my interest was captured and I was knee deep in associated studies. A matter of cognitive dissonance where a belief once held now called out by another truth.

Teach me, O Lord, as only Thou canst teach;
Tutor my erring mind, illume my eyes,
That I, with prayerful, guided upward reach,
May grasp the vital truth which sanctifies.

Perhaps the best I could say is you would do well to read this book for yourself. And it is my great pleasure to recommend a fellow academician Harvey Kraft.

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Transporting!

Hoshina Seki, President, American Buddhist Study Center, NYC (affiliated with the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley)

Hoshina Seki, President, American Buddhist Study Center, NYC (affiliated with the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley)

Hoshina Seki

The Buddha from Babylon was well worth the journey. Harvey Kraft takes readers into his private time capsule, transporting us back to a time when man’s beliefs were exploring the universe, salvation and humanity.
— Hoshina Seki

Revolutionary!

Dan Shafer is a spiritual mentor and author of The Power of I AM

Dan Shafer

Harvey Kraft’s perspective as a “spiritual archaeologist” allows him to merge his keen understanding of Buddhism and ancient religions into a unique perspective that is at once insightful and revolutionary.
— Dan Shafer

Adventure!

World-class astrologer Dana Haynes predicted 9-11. She is a radio host and author of The Soul's Time Machine.

World-class astrologer Dana Haynes predicted 9-11. She is a radio host and author of The Soul's Time Machine.

Dana Haynes

The Buddha from Babylon takes you on a spiritual journey through time. And Harvey Kraft has made it an adventure worth reading. What an adventure! From Spirit-Callers to Spirit-Listeners, visionaries to unseen gods, and priests wanting riches... human history is a continuing search for someone to guide us. Reading through its pages I felt that I was taken to meet a visionary Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, who transported me into his wonderful cosmos.
— Dana Haynes

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Fascinating!

Dr. JoAnne Terrell, Professor of Ethics, Theology, and the Arts at Chicago Theological Seminary

Dr. JoAnne Terrell, Professor of Ethics, Theology, and the Arts at Chicago Theological Seminary

Dr. JoAnne Terrell

I found it fascinating, as most biographies of the Buddha are flat retellings of Gautama’s story. But this helps me fill in gaps of knowledge and imagination - essential to imbibing what religion and Spirit have to offer - even for my Christian understandings and commitments. I look forward to reading more!
— Dr. JoAnne Terrell

Bravo!

Katina Makris, healer, radio host and author of Out of the Woods: Healing Lyme Disease, Body, Mind & Spirit

Katina Makris

OMG!!!! Loving this book. I am soaking it up like nectar. The writing is wonderful and knowledge vast! Bravo!!
— Katina Makris

Daring!

Bill Harvey

The Buddha From Babylon is a Flow state execution of the daring idea of combining rich history of a key figure known to most people only superficially, and the form of speculative novel that Heinlein pioneered — a roman à clef or quite possibly a brilliantly intuitive perception of the actual facts of Siddharta Gautama’s life.
— Bill Harvey

Amazing!

Brent C.J. Britton, technology lawyer, professor of creativity and innovation, entrepreneur, and author of Ownability: How Intellectual Property Works

Brent Britton

The Buddha from Babylon is amazing in its reach, amazing in its revelations, and amazing in the breadth and scope of the research that undergirds it. Harvey Kraft carefully and artfully deconstructs the ancient world and the motivations of many of the iconic figures who lived in it, culminating with the Buddha himself, whose teachings are fortified by way of extremely detailed and thorough historical context. The reader is left agasp at the interconnected and miraculous oneness of history, and impressed with an inescapably mystical perspective on the universe.
— Brent Britton

Visionary!

William Bauser, Professor of Philosophy (retired), Dean College, MA

William Bauser

The Buddha from Babylon offers an excellent depiction of Axial Age visionary knowledge, rationality and aphoristic thinking, as it applied to the journey of the Buddha.
— William Bauser

Awakening!

Robyn Lebron, author of Searching for Spiritual Unity...Can There Be Common Ground?, a guide to forty of the world’s religions

Robyn Lebron

Mr. Kraft will take you on a roller coaster of historical information; describing the cycle of religions in ancient times that were based on power and greed. Then in the second half of the book, our “Hero” appears and begins to make sense of it all. The Buddha from Babylon is a creative combination of fact and imagination. Buddha challenges everyone, including the reader, to re-evaluate themselves. As Mr. Kraft so aptly writes, “It would require of them an awakening to the possibility of awakening.”
— Robyn Lebron

Masterful!

Beverly Snger Brodsky Founding Board Member, American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences

Beverly Snger Brodsky Founding Board Member, American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences

Beverly Brodsky

I love the way you link Buddhist legends with ancient wisdom from mystics and the latest scientific ‘discoveries.’ Your use of sacred geometry to tie together the many strands you’ve uncovered is masterful.
— Beverly Brodsky

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