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Future of Hinduism

Introduction

Introduction

From the banks of the Ganges to the cities of North America and Europe, this ancient faith is on the move. The future of Hinduism -- in its intellectual, political, artistic, and cultural facets -- has an increasingly globalized manifestation. Patheos addresses these developments as a part of its Future of Religion series.

Contributing authors include: Loriliai Biernacki, Christopher Chapple, Gavin Flood, Thomas Forsthoefel, David Frawley, Pankaj Jain, Khyati Joshi, Vamsee Juluri, Padma Kuppa, Ramdas Lamb, Brian Pennington, Anantanand Rambachan, Arvind Sharma and Suhag Shukla.

A Rich and Strange Metamorphosis: Glocal Hinduism

A Rich and Strange Metamorphosis: Glocal Hinduism

Loriliai Biernacki (University of Colorado)

Hinduism's philosophical underpinnings -- the ideas of karma and rebirth, notably -- are pervading American consciousness, and this spread of ideas will increase in the future.

New and Old in Conversation: Hinduism's Balancing Act

New and Old in Conversation: Hinduism's Balancing Act

Christopher Chapple (Loyola Marymount University)

Hinduism around the world finds itself facing modernity (coping with science and technology) and post-modernity (the erosion of traditional values due to globalization)

Preservation and Emergence: Hinduism's Role in the Public Sphere

Preservation and Emergence: Hinduism's Role in the Public Sphere

Gavin Flood (University of Oxford)

Hinduism must find voices that express religious and traditional concerns in a manner that steers it away from the literalism and fundamentalism that have dogged other religions.

From What Is to What Will Be: Hinduism's Dynamic Future

From What Is to What Will Be: Hinduism's Dynamic Future

Thomas A. Forsthoefel (Mercyhurst College)

Hinduism will witness an affirmation of trends that have been galvanized since the end of the 19th century and have intensified, in the dynamic interpenetration of global systems, in the contemporary era.

A Universal Vision: Hinduism's Path of Unity

A Universal Vision: Hinduism's Path of Unity

David Frawley (founder, American Institute of Vedic Studies)

The future of Hinduism is of its universal vision, its global relevance, and its unbounded sense of the sacred.

Bollywood and Beyond: Hinduism Changing the World

Bollywood and Beyond: Hinduism Changing the World

Pankaj Jain (University of North Texas)

The ideals of Hinduism, such as pluralism, dharma, ritam, and nonviolence hold important lessons for the future of Hinduism in particular and for humanity in general.

Temples and Pujas: Hinduism in the Second Generation

Temples and Pujas: Hinduism in the Second Generation

Khyati Y. Joshi (Fairleigh Dickinson University)

Second- and third-generation Indian Hindus in America need more opportunities to learn about their traditions and tools for passing them on.

Mythology, Media, and the Future of Hinduism

Mythology, Media, and the Future of Hinduism

Vamsee Juluri (University of San Francisco)

In an age of terrorism, wars, and environmental degradation, the need for the tales of the gods is stronger than ever. The challenge for us is simply to tell them better.

Without Beginning or End: Hinduism and Pluralism as a Path to the Future

Without Beginning or End: Hinduism and Pluralism as a Path to the Future

Padma Kuppa (community activist)

Hindus in America will look to their faith to help revitalize the pluralism established by the U.S. Constitution and to help create peace in the world and in their own lives.

Hinduism and America: Finding Common Ground, Common Values

Hinduism and America: Finding Common Ground, Common Values

Ramdas Lamb (University of Hawaii)

Hinduism will continue to provide a sense of self-identity and of belonging -- for both Indians and non-Indians -- in a vastly changing economic and social landscape.

Four Trends: Hindu Travel, Studies, Politics, and Immigration

Four Trends: Hindu Travel, Studies, Politics, and Immigration

Brian K. Pennington (Maryville College)

Cross-fertilization of ideas, peoples, and politics is shaping the future of Hinduism in India and the diaspora.

Frontiers of Hinduism: The Next Generation

Frontiers of Hinduism: The Next Generation

Anantanand Rambachan (St. Olaf College)

Hindus will have to journey into their wisdom teachings to retrieve those essential insights that will guide their response to significant contemporary issues and challenges.

Past Injustices and Present Opportunities: Hinduism and Human Rights

Past Injustices and Present Opportunities: Hinduism and Human Rights

Arvind Sharma (McGill University)

Hinduism, with its firm belief and robust confidence in the doctrine of karma, and the ineluctability of moral consequences of our actions, can go a long way in shaping Human Rights discourse.

A Journey Back to the Basics: Cycling and Recycling Hinduism

A Journey Back to the Basics: Cycling and Recycling Hinduism

Suhag A. Shukla (Hindu American Foundation)

Hindu Americans have begun the process of not only reigniting their own faith but unraveling a generations-long cycle of rote religiosity and spiritual complacency.

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