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Christianity and World Religions: Hinduism

A guide that serves as a brief introduction to several world religions. It is intended to whet your appetite for further study and to help you understand the religious beliefs of others in today's global society.

Hinduism -- Definition

Hinduism - a system of religious beliefs and social customs, with adherents esp. in India, with a belief in reincarnation, the worship of several gods, and an ordained caste systems, as the basis of society.

Source: Short Oxford English Dictionary

Online Resources for the Study of Hinduism

Call Numbers


  • BL
  • BL 1108
  • BL 1202

Nostra Aetate

“In Hinduism, men contemplate the divine mystery and express it through an unspent fruitfulness of myths and through searching philosophical inquiry. They seek release from the anguish of our human condition through ascetical practices or deep meditation or a loving, trusting flight toward God.” 

Nostra Aetate #2

(Nostra Aetate (Latin: In our Age) is the Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions of the Second Vatican Council. Passed by a vote of 2,221 to 88 of the assembled bishops, this declaration was promulgated on October 28, 1965, by Pope Paul VI)