The Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies is published annually by the Society for Hindu-Christian Studies, a scholarly society dedicated to the study of Hinduism and Christianity and their interrelationships. Through its annual meetings and the journal, the society seeks to create a forum for the presentation of historical research and studies of contemporary practice, for the fostering of dialogue and interreligious conversation, carried forward in a spirit of openness, respect and true inquiry. The aim of the journal is to create a worldwide forum for the presentation of Hindu-Christian scholarly studies, book reviews, and news of relevant past and upcoming events. Materials selected for publication will be balanced between historical research and contemporary practice and, where possible, will employ analytical and theoretical analysis set within the context of our shared contemporary experience.

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The Globethics.net library contains articles of the Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies as of vol. 1 (1988) to current (embargo period 2 years).

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  • Book Review:<em>Pilgrimage of Awakening: The Extraordinary Lives of Murray and Mary Rogers</em>

    Prabhu, Joseph (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 2016-01-01)
    Book Review of Pilgrimage of Awakening: The Extraordinary Lives of Murray and Mary Rogers. By Mary V. T. Cattan. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2016, 421 pages.
  • Book Review: "Christianity and World Religions. Paths of Dialogue with Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism"

    Joy, Morny (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 1995-01-01)
    A review of Christianity and World Religions. Paths of Dialogue with Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism, by Hans Küng with Josef van Ess, Heinrich von Stietencron, and Heinz Bechert; translated by Peter Heinegg.
  • Book Review: "Christianity at the Religious Roundtable. Evangelicalism in Conversation with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam"

    Malkovsky, Bradley (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 2003-01-01)
    A review of Christianity at the Religious Roundtable. Evangelicalism in Conversation with Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam by Timothy C. Tennent.
  • Ethics and Genetic Engineering in Indian Philosophy, and Some Comparisons with Modern Western

    Coward, Harold (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 2003-01-01)
    In the context of India, Genetic Engineering research and technology is well underway. The Government of India has issued statements indicating that India "will fully utilize the availability of genetic engineering resources ... for maximizing output besides working out a sustainable program ...." Between November 22, 1998 and March 21, 1999 no less than 32 stories of genetic engineering research or technology developments appeared in India media sources - particularly the PTI News Agency and the Inter-Press Service in Delhi. The research spans a wide range from genetic studies of the human population of the Indian sub-continent to various agricultural applications, often involving multinational corporations such as Monsanto. While the latter have evoked significant farmers' protest movements causing the government to reverse its policy decisions, the former seem to have engendered little media comment or public response.
  • Environmental Ethics: Ancient Traditions and Contemporary Dilemmas: A Hindu Perspective

    Kumar, Sehdev; Mehndiratta, Aaloka (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 1993-01-01)
    According to an ancient Hindu myth the goddess Earth was once imprisoned at the bottom of the ocean, in the nether world, by a demon who had laid waste to the earth, causing havoc to the order of things. To rescue her from the demon, Lord Vishnu incarnated as a boar, as Varaha Avatar. He fought and killed the demon and released the goddess Earth by carrying her on his tusk to float free once more on the cosmic waters.
  • The New Master-Paradigm: Ecology

    Klostermaier, Klaus (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 1993-01-01)
    The thesis of this essay is that ecology, understood as concern for nature in the most comprehensive sense, is going to be the master paradigm of the science and politics of the future. It will not only be the focus of theoretical preoccupations aiming at halting, and possibly reversing the destructive tendencies inherent in modern industrial civilisation but also the focus of socio-political praxis: no government will be able to survive if it does not give concrete expression to the ecological concern of its citizens and the ecological focus will bring about a cooperation of people across the boundaries of nationality, race, language, class and caste. Ecology will be the fulcrum of an ethics of the future, an ethics as compellingly evident to individuals as enforceable with corporations, accepted by governments and international agencies as condition of survival. As such, an ecological ethics, or better, an ethics based on ecology, will require the contributions of all.
  • A Response to Michelle Voss Roberts' Dualities

    Clooney, Francis X. (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 2011-11-29)
    Dualities is a serious contribution to Hindu-Christian studies, bringing fresh and challenging materials before us. It wonderfully brings together reflection on feminist concerns, attention to the metaphors by which we identify and organize natural and social realities, and critical attention to how linguistic and ontological categories, such as dualities and dualism, fluidity and fluidities, have effects of ethical and spiritual import.
  • Dualities and Women's Wisdom in Hinduism: Voss Roberts on Lallesvari of Kashmir

    Nelson, Lance (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 2011-11-29)
    The stereotype of the dualist West versus the nondualist East has far outlived whatever usefulness it may have had. As one who has been concerned with this issue in my own work, I am happy to see Michelle Voss Roberts addressing it methodically and effectively n her Dualities: A Theology of Difference. She gives us in this book a multi-leveled study that advances this discussion dramatically on a number of interconnected fronts, both theological and ethical, encompassing wide-ranging feminist, ecological, and social justice concerns. I find myself in enthusiastic agreement with much that she writes. In what follows I will offer some reflections on a rather focused segment of Voss Robert's broader discussion, namely, the contribution of the Kashmiri poet-saint Lallesvari, an aspect of the book that was of particular interest to me given my training in medieval Hindu theology.
  • The Role of Ethics in Hindu-Christian Dialogue

    Sharma, Arvind (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 2008-01-01)
    I would like to offer some remarks on the role of ethics in Hindu-Christian dialogue. I shall argue that the presentations of their respective ethical positions by these traditions are often too flat, which is to say, not sufficiently nuanced so that each side enters into dialogue with an inadequate understanding of the other side. I shall then further argue that the dialogue may be more fruitful, if it proceeded with a mutual recognition of the ethical complexities involved in their respective positions.
  • Book Review: <i>The Ethics of Śaṅkara and Śāntideva: A Selfless Response to an Illusory World.</i>

    Locklin, Reid B. (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 2014-11-07)
    Book review of, The Ethics of Śaṅkara and Śāntideva: A Selfless Response to an Illusory World. by Warren Lee Todd.
  • Book Review: "The Quest for Postmodern Ethics: A Phenomenological Comparison of the Philosophies of Martin Heidigger and Sri Aurobindo Ghose"

    Locklin, Reid B. (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 2008-01-01)
    A review of The Quest for Postmodern Ethics: A Phenomenological Comparison of the Philosophies of Martin Heidigger and Sri Aurobindo Ghose by R. Brad Bannon.
  • Book Review: "Dharma of the Twenty-first Century: Theological-Ethical Paradigm Shift"

    Klostermaier, Klaus K. (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 2000-01-01)
    A review of Dharma of the Twenty-first Century: Theological-Ethical Paradigm Shift by Somen Das.
  • Briefly Noted

    Coward, Harold (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 2003-01-01)
    A brief review of Gananath Obeyesekere's Imagining Karma: Ethical Transformation in Amerindian, Buddhist, and Greek Rebirth.
  • Book Reviews: "Dilemmas of Life and Death" and "Divine Nature"

    Coward, Harold (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 1997-01-01)
    A review of Dilemmas of Life and Death: Hindu Ethics in North American Context by S. Cromwell Crawford and Divine Nature: A Spiritual Perspective on the Environmental Crisis by Michael A. Cremo and Mukunda Goswami.
  • Justice and Gender in Ministry: Debating Women's Ordination

    Ryan, Maura A. (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 2005-01-01)
    Much has been written on the question of ordaining women in the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic scholars of all stripes have debated issues such as the biblical sources for a theology of ordination; the relationship between sacramental and non-sacramental ministries; the limits of papal authority and the development of doctrine; and, more recently, the relationship between the elevation of an all-male, celibate clergy and the failure of Catholic bishops to address reported sexual abuse by priests. This essay focuses on the ethical implications of barring women from the priesthood. Although my references are to Catholic or Christian practices primarily, I explore two issues which have the potential to cut across denominational or creedal lines: the morality of sex-specific roles and the symbolic character of ordination.
  • The Pitfalls of Trying to Be Different

    Pennington, Brian K. (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 2013-11-19)
    For more than a decade Rajiv Malhotra has been known to the study of South Asian religion as a vigorous critic of the practices and frameworks that academics have employed to represent India to the West. Those who know him from his no-holds-barred online articles or by his unflinching confrontation with established scholars at academic meetings may be pleased by the rather different tone of Being Different: An Indian Challenge to Western Universalism, Malhotra’s latest attempt to intervene in the academic study of the religious traditions of the South Asian subcontinent. Whereas Malhotra has achieved much of his renown through intemperate language, he is and should be remembered also for his demands that practicing Hindus have a say in how they are represented and for provoking a needed self-examination by the scholarly community writing about the traditions of South Asia. These are not the primary concerns of Being Different, and if one reads it motivated by the lurid promise of a new assault by Malhotra on the motives, character, or methods of senior scholars in the study of Hinduism, one will discover the author pursuing a somewhat different agenda.
  • Book Review: <em>Dalit Theology in the Twenty-first Century: Discordant Voices, Discerning Pathways</em>

    McLaughlin, Michael (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 2013-11-19)
    A review of Dalit Theology in the Twenty-first Century: Discordant Voices, Discerning Pathways edited by Sathianathan Clarke, Deenabandhu Manchala, and Philip Vinod Peacock.
  • Book Review: <em>Dalit Theology and Christian Anarchism</em>

    Locklin, Reid B. (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 2013-11-19)
    A review of Dalit Theology and Christian Anarchism by Keith Hebden.
  • Christians and Vedic Sacrifice: Comparing Communitarian Sacrificial Soteriologies

    Denny, Christopher (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 2013-11-19)
    Can there be a constructive Christian appropriation of understandings of religious sacrifice from another religious tradition? As far back as the first-century letter to the Hebrews, Christians defined the efficacy of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice over and against previous sacrifices in the Temple in Jerusalem, and in subsequent centuries have argued that Christ’s sacrifice is an unrepeatable historical act manifesting God’s favor to human beings. Unless Christian theologians are willing to take the path of liberal pluralism and concede that the sacrifice offered through Jesus of Nazareth is one species within a genus of soteriological possibilities, an epiphenomenon of an underlying reconciliation equally present in various religious traditions, one is hard pressed to understand how the Christian doctrine of atonement represents anything but an impasse in interreligious dialogue.
  • Sacred Orality, Sacred Dialogue: Walter J. Ong and the Practice of Hindu-Christian Studies

    Locklin, Reid B. (Digital Commons @ Butler University, 2013-11-19)
    THE genesis of this essay can be traced to two specific events from my own personal history. One summer, when I had just finished coursework in my doctoral program and was looking forward to my thesis, I took a retreat at Arsha Vidya Gurukulam, a Hindu ashram in the Pocono Mountains region of eastern Pennsylvania. Before one of the discourses that constituted the retreat, a lay devotee of the Arsha Vidya movement stood to offer a testimonial to the Gita Home Study Program, published by the ashram press. The study program itself is pretty simple: the text consists of sections of the popular Hindu scripture Bhagavad-Gītā, along with discourses by Swami Dayananda Saraswati, the chief guru of the ashram. Members of the movement form groups of between 4-10 people for shared study.

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