The Lotus and the Cross

by Ravi Zacharias
Series: Great Conversations Series #1
96 pages, Religion
Reviewed by Victor

Very good read for understanding theology and southeast Asia.


The idea behind the book is to show the key differences between the conclusions of Gautama Buddha and Jesus Christ. Buddha and Jesus take a boat ride and talk with each other as well as answer questions of a prostitute who is on the boat with them. The boat driver occasionally throws in his two bits as well. The book is set in the southeast of Asia (unspecified locale)and some of the biggest problems in the area are highlighted.


The costs of the prostitute's lifestyle are clearly shown. Jesus and Buddha identify good and bad, but have different solutions for them.

Spiritual Content

This book is mostly spiritual content, but from two different perspectives. The main premises of Buddhism and Christianity are outlined, as well as how they came to be.



Drug and Alcohol Content


Sexual Content

The prostitute tells her story, but it is not explicit.

Crude or Profane Language or Content



I knew very little about the founder of Buddhism and his actual beliefs before I read this book, so it was very profitable for my knowledge. Also, the characters were very enjoyable, the boat driver made me laugh aloud on a few occasions. There wasn't much action - it was primarily theology.

Fun Score: 3.5
Values Score: 5
Written for Age: adult

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