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What Should Christians Think about Hinduism?
After Christianity (with its 2.3 billion followers) and Islam (with its 1.8 billion followers), Hinduism is the third largest religion in the world, with approximately 1.1 billion followers. The country of India is home to the overwhelming majority of the world’s Hindu population. There is no single originating source or founder of Hinduism. In addition, Hinduism itself is not a single, organized religion with one set of rules. Instead, Hinduism is comprised of a fusion of many philosophies, beliefs, and traditions.
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Gerald McDermott, Professor, is a retired Anglican Chair of Divinity at Samford’s Beeson Divinity School. Prior to that, he served as Jordan–Trexler Professor of Religion at Roanoke College and taught for 26 years. He grew up in Boston, New York and Philadelphia, went to a Jesuit high school in New York City, graduated from the University of Chicago (B.A., New Testament and Early Christian Literature). He lived in religious communes for seven years, started and ran a private school for three years, pastored for five years in Iowa, and earned a Ph.D. in religion at the University of Iowa.