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Comparative Religion


This essay has basically simple aims. Primary among them is a desire to clarify the attitude of many Westerners to the poverty-stricken and seemingly progress-resistant culture of India. This attitude, as I personally discovered in India, is often one of condemnation of the Hindu tradition and religion. Any rebuttal of such a position depends on one of two positions: either a comprehensive discussion of historical factors which would mitigate the apparent negative effect of Hinduism on a culture's material advance, or a study of the effects of religion on both Eastern and Western cultures, with an eye toward showing that apparent causal connections between the Christianity of the West and its material progress are not valid in a discussion of India.

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Honors Thesis-Campus Only