Blog Entry #2 - The World's Religions - "Hinduism"

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We can use the blog to hold "conversations" about reading in Huston Smith's The World's Religions. We'll certainly talk about some of the readings in class, but this gives you another chance to share your ideas. Here's how we'll do this. You may respond to one or more of the questions, and you can also react to comments posted by others. I'll expect a comment of one good paragraph or more. (To me, that means 5-6 sentences at a minimum.) You do not need to worry about perfect grammar, spelling and punctuation, but they must be understandable. Remember that this is a public site, and you are responsible for the content of your postings.

You should post a response of at least one good paragraph to one or more of these questions by Thursday, November 19th. (You can also react to other posts.)

These questions are taken from "The Lifespan Series: Understanding the World's Religions - A Study Guide to Huston Smith's The World's Religions."

1. Based on what you read, what did you find most intriguing or appealing about the Hindu religion? What did you find most difficult to accept or understand?

2. According to Hinduism, our work and daily responsibilities can be spiritual pathways when performed correctly (page 38). Do you agree? If so, what examples can you give from your own experience?

3. Do you believe in the law of karma, where "everybody gets exactly what is deserved" (page 64). In what ways do you believe this idea to be true or false?

4. On page 73, you see the claim Hinduism makes that all religions are "routes up the mountain." Do you believe it is best to, like Ramakrishna, sample various faiths and belief systems, or should one choose a single path to follow wholeheartedly? Why?

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This page contains a single entry by Mike Vergin published on September 11, 2008 2:30 AM.

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