June 14th: Talks on Comparative Hinduism & Christianity
Post date: Apr 28, 2013 4:39:51 AM
Date (Free Admission):
Friday, June 14, 2013
Time: 6:00PM - 9:00PM
Reception & refreshment: 6:00-6:30PM
Featured Talks with Q&A:
267 Boston Rd Suite 9
North Billerica, MA 01862
धर्मो रक्षति रक्षतः (महाभारत वन. 313 / 428)
Dear All, this is a First Boston area event of its kind that you don't want to miss!!
We are delighted to invite you to an enriching Friday evening of thought provoking presentations on "COMPARATIVE HINDUISM AND CHRISTIANITY."
Kalavai Venkat will speak on the topic of "Why Should Hindus Know About Christianity?" and cover major concepts and features of Christianity, and its comparative analysis with Hinduism.
Rajiv Verma will speak on the topic of "Comparative Hinduism & Christianity," and cover distinguishing features of Hinduism vis-à-vis Christianity.
Brought to you by: http://globalhinduinstitute.org
Kalavai Venkat a Silicon Valley based enterpreneur, is an atheist and a practicing Orthodox Hindu. He is the author of the book "What Every Hindu Should Know About Christianity?"
Why Should Hindus Know About Christianity?
The majority population in the U.S., who despite being liberals and accommodating of diversity in several dimensions, have not been sensitized enough on differences between history-centric organized religions based on belief vs. Hindu schools of experiential spirituality. As a result, a large majority of Christian Americans accept the proselytization of Hindus by evangelists as a legitimate and moral socio-political activity.
When confronted with this problem, quite often the Hindus take refuge in liberality of Hinduism, rather than empowering the Hindus with knowledge, such that claims of missionaries could be countered dispassionately, rationally and logically. These classes are designed to empower the Hindus with background knowledge of both Hinduism and Christianity, in order to be able to negotiate an honorable Hindu existence in America.
Who should attend?
● Hindu youth growing up in an overwhelming Christian majority environment, and have faced aggressive evangelization
● The Christians who surround you, find your Hinduism "weird" and wonder why you worship stones, trees, elephants, and monkeys, and you have no cogent response
● You have a Christian spouse, whom you married for love, but now insists on bringing up your children as Christians, and you cannot cogently respond to her/his demands, and negotiate an honorable family co-existence
● A thinker/writer/scholar/intellectual who has a perspective on theological, religious, cultural, social and political issues, which may empower the Hindus vis-a-vis Christianity
● an activist, who is engaged in community service, and need the knowledge of both basics of Christianity and Hinduism, in order to do your work