revealed religion/natural religion

Sangharakshita [sang-guh-RAK-shit-uh] explains why the Vatican considers Buddhism a natural religion and not a revealed religion:

As far as Catholicism or orthodox Christianity is concerned, there are two kinds of religion: revealed religion and natural religion. Revealed religion is transcendental, one might say, while natural religion is merely humanistic. Because in Buddhism there is no supreme God who has revealed the religion to mankind, Buddhism is classified as a natural religion and described as a “human teaching.” In other words, it is the teaching of just a human, not the teaching of a Son of God.

Triratna NYC


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