Nevada (US), Dec 20 (ANI): Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis (Indiana, USA) has been reportedly teaching ancient Hindu scriptures Bhagavad-Gita and Upanishads.
It has also reportedly been offering Hinduism class; teaching its origins, distinctive beliefs, practices and contemporary status.
Well known Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, described Seminary's action as "a step in the right direction".
Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, argued that religion was a complex element of our lives and religion comprised much more than one's own individual experience or specific tradition. God, as a sign of God's munificence and benevolence, constructively wished presence of different faiths.
Rajan Zed urged the schools/departments of religion and philosophy of major world universities to strengthen their Hinduism sections. Hinduism being the oldest religion with rich philosophical thought and a vast array of scriptures needed more exploration. Zed especially asked the Harvard, Cambridge, Yale, Princeton, Oxford, Stanford, Columbia, McGill, Australian National, Tokyo, Copenhagen, Heidelberg, Uppsala, and Utrecht universities to further enrich their Hinduism resources.
Christian Theological Seminary, linked with Disciples of Christ and which traces its beginning to 1855, claims about itself: We have a rich history of offering the finest biblical and theological education possible in a caring, supportive environment. It offers eight graduate-level degree programs. Reverend Dr. Edward L. Wheeler is the President of the Seminary, while David K. Herzog is Chairman of its Board of Trustees.
Christianity is the largest religion in the world, while Hinduism is the third largest with about a billion adherents and moksh (liberation) is its ultimate goal. (ANI)