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christian-hindu relations

According to the census figures, Hinduism is the third largest religion in Britain and Ireland. Relationships between Christians and Hindus are therefore very important.

Some commentators stress that Hinduism is not a religion in the same way as, say, Christianity and Islam. Rather it is more a family of religions bound together by Indian Vedic Philosophy. The BBC's Religion and Ethics link to external website page gives more information about Hinduism.

The report Connecting British Hindus link to external website gives an overview of the nature in Hinduism in the United Kingdom.

Christianity's engagement with Hinduism is very old, however contemporary relations are often defined by the history of British rule in India and by Christian missionary religion.

Issues concerning missionary activity, conversion, caste discrimination and Indian politics all impact on Christian-Hindu relations. Dialogue between the two religions therefore aims to overcome misunderstandings and to develop relationships of trust that are respectful of difference.

In the summer of 2008, some of the churches endorsed a statement which lent support for the establishment of a renewed Christian-Hindu Forum.

Useful links:

Archbishop wishes a joyful and blessed Diwali to Hindu communities in his 2011 greeting link to external website

Archbishop's Diwali message for 2009 link to external website

Message of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Network to Hindus on the Feast of Diwali (2007) link to external website

Message of the Archbishop of Canterbury to the Hindu Community on the Feast of Diwali (2007) link to external website

Statement from the Hindu-Christian consultation held in Varanasi, India, 23-26 October 1997 link to external website

Surrender to God in Islam, Christianity and Hinduism at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies link to external website

The Society for Christian-Hindu Studies link to external website

An insight into Hinduism - London Inter Faith Centre link to external website



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