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The main of the research paper is to discuss about the Buddhist and Christian convergence. To the author the dialogue of Buddhist-Christian seems to be like theological anthropology. The philosophy and the concept of both the religion for soul after the death seem to be opposite to each other (John W. Cooper, 1989.p.8). In both the traditions the human might come up with the different problems and it assume that there doesnt seem any meaning of the soul for Christian and similarly in case of Buddhism there is no single orthodox interpretation for the soul. In this research the author emphasize on the person as a body soul unity.

Supervenience has been defined in number of terms as the philosophy of the mind. Circumstantial supervenience is a helpful refinement. These above discussed qualities are described as the Goodness. Casual reductionism is reduced by the involvement of the supervenience. In Buddha traditional the soul is taught as Anatta that means literally there is no self. In Buddhism the soul has been described based on the five principles but instead of it in Christian there are no such rules.

The author sees the close convergence during the life but during death the divergence might be observed by him because in both traditions the soul connection to the body is different. The primary strength of the research paper is to examine the connection of soul to the body and how the soul from birth to death is different in both the traditions (Nancey Murphy, 2001.p.131). Finally, Burns paper has impacted my understanding of the nature of the human soul in


1. John W. Cooper, Body, Soul, and Life Everlasting, Biblical Anthropology and the Monism-Dualism Debate, 1989, p. 8. 2. Edmund Hill, Being Human: A Biblical Perspective, 1984, p. 97. 3. Ray Anderson, 1987 "On Being Human: The Spiritual Saga of a Creaturely Soul," in Whatever Happened to the Soul? p. 176 4. Nancey Murphy, 2001 "Nonreductive Physicalism: Philosophical Issues," in Whatever Happened to the Soul? p. 131.