Occasionally, I see answers that compare Christianity to "Eastern religions" -- and that phrase is usually followed by a completely muddled failure to understand...Something, probably Buddhism or Hinduism.
And, as this is Christianity.SE, I would not expect or require the answerers to (necessarily) know anything about Buddhism, etc. But now their answers have elements in them that are just wrong, and those elements are not easily detectable by the community, being out of the range of the community's expertise.
And it's hidden behind the veil of the phrase "Eastern religions," which prevents people from looking up real information by obscuring the (grammatical) subject.
Can we do anything about this?
- What is unique about Christianity?
- Is the biblical idea of being "born again" compatible with eastern religious ideas of reincarnation?
- According to the Bible, how should Christians meditate? (But not the accepted answer to that question, which is much more clear.)
- According to the Bible, is cremation an acceptable Christian practice?
I'm not sure if this is an issue in general, but it sure bugs me.
A more reasonable use of "Eastern" within the church: How is spiritual progress described in eastern monastic traditions?