A Response to Francis X. Clooney

Christopher Key Chapple

in Catholicism and Interreligious Dialogue

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199827879
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919451 | DOI:
A Response to Francis X. Clooney

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This chapter presents comments on the previous chapter’s discussion. Picking up on the chapter’s comment that Buddhism is better known in America than Hinduism, this chapter suggests than in fact Hinduism is quite well known in America where, it adds, more than fifteen million people practice Yoga on a regular basis. The chapter supports this claim with many examples, suggesting that there is already in the United States a vibrant dialogue going on with Hinduism. Swami Sarvadevananda of the Vedanta Society, finds much to praise in the previous chapter’s remarks. This chapter provides a personal vision of Hinduism, stressing those advocates of the tradition who have found ways to look for harmonies with other traditions. It offers instances of Catholic saints and teachings, especially moral teachings, that find echoes in an understanding of Hinduism—an understanding that stresses not what the chapter describes as the exclusionary theology of the Bible, nor on dogmas, but on the openness and acceptance of a trusting child of God.

Keywords: Catholicism; Hinduism; interreligious dialogue; yoga; moral teachings

Chapter.  6358 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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