The White Buddhist: The Asian Odyssey Of Henry Steel Olcott

Paperback | November 29, 2010

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.

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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 abo...

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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Format: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
Preface
Introduction
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
Conclusion
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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"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