“I can't claim to know beans about Hinduism, but I once asked a Hindu about this, and he told me that there were two schools of thought on this. He said he was a polytheistic Hindu, while others saw the gods as different incarnations of the same god. I'm inclined to take his word for it. Anyway, I thought the CNN piece dealing with this and it's repeated use of "God" seemed kind of Abrahamic.”
Doug Sandlin on Apr 27, 2014 at 21:38:35
There are monistic and dualistic philosophical schools within Hinduism ... and the dualistic schools usually have more to do with the idea of a person/soul that is actually separate from the One, whereas the monist Hindus view all as One, and they view delusion / illusion as simply being non-recognition of the oneness.
Many educated Hindus can articulate this with a fair amount of depth -- I'm guessing that many less educated Hindus, like less-educated people in other religions, have a more form-focused idea of God (or gods / goddesses).
A lot of Hindus will say "God", too - because if they would actually use another term (i.e. Brahman, Shiva, etc. -- they're still referring to the One ... and so "God" is probably the clearest term, in terms of communicating actual intent, to Westerners).”
“Is the idea that Hinduism is montheistic supposed to make it more palatable to Westerners?”
Holofernes on Apr 28, 2014 at 14:57:48
“Nothing in that article was trying to make anything palatable to anyone.”
alieninthecaribbean on Apr 28, 2014 at 11:38:38
“It has nothing to do with being palatable to Westerners. Hinduism does not concern itself with conversion the way Christianity does. You have to go SEEK the religious out yourself. They don't come knocking on your door with pamphlets.”
LiberalLee on Apr 27, 2014 at 18:25:01
“It isn't monotheistic and what makes 'westerners' think they're such sought-after prizes in the first place? Lol”
Doug Sandlin on Apr 27, 2014 at 16:27:57
“Not at all. It's just more accurate than saying it is polytheistic, because Hindus understand the gods and goddesses to be difference facets of the One (not "one God" - One, period) ... and so, the term "monistic" is more accurate than "monotheistic".
Advaita Vedanta, and other non-dual philosophies, which express all this explicitly, are part of traditional Hinduism (aka the Sanatana Dharma). Nothing has been changed or adjusted.”
jtrews on Apr 27, 2014 at 13:29:20
“If it does..........does that threaten your faith?”
ArepoSator on Apr 27, 2014 at 12:26:36
“First of all, it's not that simple (if you read about it, it's not just "monotheistic"). Second, even the Christian church was grappling with the difference when Arianism had a hold (homoosian versus homoiosian). Finally, palatable or not, much of the philosophy behind Hinduism made it possible for them to come up with scientific and mathematical concepts that the Western World finally got ahold of, like a symbol for nothing (i.e., zero).”
Apr 17, 2014 at 21:59:05
“This story cites one researcher who said her work shows "similar results". Unless you can produce the study, this statement is of no scientific value. I recently had a conversation with another user who insisted a study of monkeys showed a vaccine-autism link. The referenced study used 9 vaccinated macaques and 2 control monkeys. The results were the 2 unvaccinated monkeys showed a statistically significant, wait for it, smaller amygdala. Single studies are useless excepts as avenues for further studies.”
“Technically, the group(Secular Coalition or America) is comprised of only the people who are members of that group. The Pew poll you reference underreports atheists because it asks for respondents' religion and atheism is not a religion. Many atheist respondents would answer "none". "None" received an additional 12.1% in the Pew poll. A recent Harris Poll found 12% of Americans do not believe in god.