Religion: Can Christians Be Hindus?

The lingering bugaboo of colonialism is not the only thing that turns Indians against Christian missionaries. Reports South India Churchman Paul David Devanandan in last week's Christian Century: a school of thought is developing in Hinduism that questions Christian proselytizing on strictly religious grounds and makes the missionary's task even harder.

Modern Hinduism claims to include all other beliefs and practices, from crude animism to the most exalted metaphysical speculation. On this vast spiritual menu the individual Hindu can choose the divine nourishment he likes best, and it is all equally nutritious—provided that he swallows it seriously enough. And, suggest the Hindus,...

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