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,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!