Wendy Doniger's On Hinduism PDF

By Wendy Doniger

ISBN-10: 0199360073

ISBN-13: 9780199360079

During this magisterial quantity of essays, Wendy Doniger complements our realizing of the traditional and intricate faith to which she has committed herself for part a century. This sequence of interconnected essays and lectures surveys the main severely very important and hotly contested matters in Hinduism over 3,500 years, from the traditional time of the Vedas to the current day.

The essays consider the character of Hinduism; Hindu suggestions of divinity; attitudes pertaining to gender, keep an eye on, and wish; the query of truth and phantasm; and the impermanent and the everlasting within the nice Sanskrit epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. one of the questions Doniger considers are: Are Hindus monotheists or polytheists? How can atheists be Hindu, and the way can unrepentant Hindu sinners locate salvation? Why have Hindus committed quite a bit cognizance to the psychology of habit? What does the importance of canine and cows let us know approximately Hinduism? How have Hindu ideas of demise, rebirth, and karma replaced over the process historical past? How and why does a pluralistic religion, impressive for its highbrow tolerance, foster non secular intolerance?

Doniger concludes with 4 concise autobiographical essays within which she displays on her life of scholarship, Hindu feedback of her paintings, and the impression of Hinduism on her personal philosophy of lifestyles. On Hinduism is the end result of over 40 years of scholarship from a popular specialist on one of many world's nice faiths.

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How could a Devil carry anyone unless he had really lived? In I Cor. , we get the text "For I have received of the Lord that which I also delivered unto you, That the . " . And Dr. Conybeare adds, All thts ill agrees wtth the view that Paul believed the esus of the Gospels to be an ancient Pales- J E S U S - C O D, M A N O R M Y T H ? tinian Sun-God-Savior Joshua". I have rarely read a sillier com­ ment, and can understand why Mr. Robertson felt it was hardly worth while to discuss the problem of Jesus with anybody writing thus.

Van Manen is right, none of the Epistles ascribed to Paul was written by him, "neither fourteen, nor thirteen, nor nine, nor eight, nor yet even the four so long universally regarded as unassailable. They are all, with­ out distinction, pseudographia". The reader should turn to the article on Paul in the Encyclopedia Biblica for a full discussion of the matter, or to Thomas Whittaker's The Origins of Chris­ tianity. If the Epistles of Paul are therefore forgeries of the second century, if the Christian Church is responsible for these forgeries, exactly how much can we rely on Paul as a witness?

Conybeare faces the fact that, even among orthodox Chris­ tian theologians, Colossians may not be a genuine work of Paul, but it is dragged in all the same to prove that Paul is a marvelous witness to the living "Christ", for it, together with "Thessalonians and the so-called Pastorals" form "so many fresh witnesses against the hypothesis of J. M. Robertson and his friends". Howell Smith also has doubts about Colossians being genuine, but does that matter? Not at all; the Epistle still acts as an unimpeachable wit­ ness for Jesus.

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