OOMOTO AND CAODAISM
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God Given: A Brief Comparison of God, Revelation, and Morality in Caodaism and Oomoto.
By Rev. Jason Greenberger
REL639 Topics in Religious Studies: Asian Religions & Globalization
Professor ThienHuong T. Ninh
Reverend Jason Greenberger is an ordained Buddhist minister and graduate from the Buddhist Chaplaincy program (MDiv) at University of the West in Rosemead, California. Jason currently works as a translator of Chinese Buddhist texts and as an adviser to the President of the Cao Dai Overseas Missionary. Some of his published translations include "Ten Paths to Happiness: A Commentary on the Sumati Sutra" by Venerable Master Hsing Yun and the 2015 Gold Medalist in the Meditation/Relaxation category of Jenkins Group's Seventh Annual Living Now Book Awards, "Meditation and Wisdom" by Venerable Hsin Ting. Both titles are available for purchase through Buddha's Light Publishing. In his free time, Jason also volunteers at International Buddhist Progress Society (IBPS) and Buddha's Light International Association (BLIA) of Chicago where he leads a discussion group. Aside from his interest in Buddhism and Daoism, Jason is also fascinated by new Asian religions and Neo-Dharmic/Neo-Daoic religions such as Won Buddhism, Caodaism, the Jingak Order of Korean Buddhism, Oomoto, I-Kuan Tao, Dào Yuàn, and Daesoonjinrihoe. Jason is scheduled to present and co-present on two topics related to Caodaism and new Asian religions at the 2016 CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religions) Conference (July 2016)
“Thou shalt have no gods before me.” Central among the Ten Commandments, this verse sets the tone for the exclusive monotheism common to the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam wherein devotion performed to any god other than “the one true God” is tantamount to sin. Exclusive monotheism has achieved such a cultural dominance in the modern world that, often times, the existence of alternative systems of inclusive monotheism is forgotten entirely and even the concept of inclusive monotheism is not understood.