REL5070 Foundations of Hinduism
Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Survey of the ancient religious texts of India and modern religious and philosophical movements with particular emphasis on Hindu religious thought. Considers the Christian response to these faiths as they have become highly influential in the western context. Focuses on issues of contextualization, witnessing, apologetics and church planting in the Indian context.
How This Course Benefits Students:
Students need to understand the origins of “philosophized animism” which is the essential content of Hinduism. They also need to understand the universalism that is inherent in Hinduism and its only common thread of belief. Universalism is finding enormous attraction to western youth in the age of tolerance and diversity.
Why This Course Is Important:
Hinduism is not a single religion among the major world religions, but rather the name given to many religious traditions and cultures of South Asia. Students who work in Hindu cultures, or in Western settings which are increasingly influenced by Hindu culture, need a foundation in its common threads of belief. They also need specialized skills in sharing the Christian faith.