The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey Of Henry Steel Olcott by Stephen Prothero

The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey Of Henry Steel Olcott

byStephen Prothero

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Denounced by the New York Times as an "unmitigated rascal" while simultaneously being lauded as a reincarnation of Gautama Buddha himself, Henry Steel Olcott (1832-1907) was friend to Madame Blavatsky, co-founder of the Theosophical Society, and an indefatigable reformer and culture broker between East and West. Olcott helped bring about a new spiritual creation, Protestant Buddhism, a creative creolization of American Protestantism, traditional Theravada Buddhism, and other influences. Stephen Prothero's portrait of Olcott is an engaging study of spiritual quest and cross-cultural encounters.

About The Author

Stephen Prothero is Professor of Religion at Boston University. His books include God is Not One: The Eight Religious Rivals that Run the World; American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon; and the New York Times bestseller Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know--and Doesn't, which won a 2007 Quill Book Awa...

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Title:The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey Of Henry Steel OlcottFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.8 inPublished:November 29, 2010Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253222761

ISBN - 13:9780253222763

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Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations
1. Universal Reformer
2. From Spiritualism to Theosophy
3. An Errand to Asia
4. The Sinhalese Buddhist Revival
5. A United Buddhist World
6. The Indian Renaissance
7. Things Fall Apart
Selected Bibliography

Editorial Reviews

"The first scholarly biographical study of [this] influential figure; its use of "creolization" theory adds to ongoing conversations about how to understand contact, colonialism, and conversion." -Religious Studies Review