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Catholicism and Interreligious Dialogue$
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James L. Heft

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827879

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827879.001.0001

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A Response to Francis X. Clooney

A Response to Francis X. Clooney

Hinduism in Southern California

(p.109) A Response to Francis X. Clooney
Catholicism and Interreligious Dialogue

Christopher Key Chapple

Oxford University Press

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

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