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Monarch Books The Spirit of Hinduism: A Christian Perspective on Hindu Life and Thought

Hinduism is a large, complex faith, rooted in the Indian subcontinent and finding many forms of expression. In the Spirit of Hinduism David Burnett brings together a vast array of information concerning:
  • the complex and debated history of Hinduism
  • the roles of various personal, familial, and village deities
  • the nature of Hindu worship
  • the role of ghosts and spirits
  • the ethical structures
  • the part played by pilgrimage to the thousands of shrines
For this new edition, Dr. David Burnett has updated his text and added web-based resources for every chapter along with learning objectives and topics for discussion. This lucid introduction will help all Christians to relate to Hindus in more effective ways.
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History of Hindu thought

Date:May 21, 2014
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"The Spirit of Hinduism" is a book describing the development of different religious ideas found in Hinduism throughout its history. The author started back before recorded history and discussed the writings and developments made at different times. Since Hinduism seems to borrow religious ideas from any religion it comes into contact with, it almost seemed like it'd be easier to describe what it isn't than what it is.
I wanted to know how a Hindu lives out his faith--as in, how it effects or influences his everyday life--and how a Christian could effectively communicate what we believe to a Hindu. I don't feel like this book really helped with that. It did have some interfaith discussion questions and occasionally compared Hindu beliefs to Christian or Muslim beliefs. But generally the author tried to approach Hinduism from a non-critical viewpoint (as in, not questioning the beliefs). It was also focused more on what was taught than on how it's actually lived out.
While I probably understand Hinduism better now, I'm not sure I'm any better prepared to talk religion with a modern Hindu. This probably wasn't the ideal book for my intent as it's more about Hindu thought throughout history than modern Hindu ideas which I might actually encounter.
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