Buddhism: The Most Accurate World Religion?
Naturalize Buddhism, and you’re left with a basically materialist, deterministic view of the world. If it existed, the “Buddhist Credo,” Flanagan writes, would be something like: “I believe that everything is impermanent, that everything (including my state of mind) is subject to the principles of cause and effect, and that given that I am among the things-that-there-are, I am impermanent and subject to the laws of cause and effect.” Physicists, biologists, philosophers, and neuroscientists would agree; today, it’s a scientific fact that human beings live in a material, determined world, and are themselves determined and material.
Related: Buddhism: The Most Accurate World Religion? from the Boston Globe.