A Vision of Hinduism: Beyond Hindu Nationalism challenges the widespread notion, prevalent among both Hindus and non-Hindus, that Hindu equals Indian. It also advocates and re-articulates, the Hindu vision of religious pluralism that was embodied in the lives and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna and Mahatma Gandhi.
According to Jeffery D. Long, the broader hope is:
“…to redefine Hinduism as a world religion in the true sense of the term, by which I mean a tradition with a universal message available, at least in principle, to all who wish to accept it, rather than a national or parochial tradition, open to only a few.”
A Vision for Hinduism: Beyond Hindu Nationalism
Jeffery D. Long
A powerful vision of Hinduism is presented — a vision of a tradition capable of pointing the way towards a future in which all the world’s religions manifest complementary visions of a larger reality. And, in which all the traditions, in various ways, participate. This radical religious agenda puts a new and exciting perspective on Hindu and South Asian studies alike.
Jeffery D. Long is Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at Elizabethtown College, in Pennsylvania. His graduate degrees are from the University of Chicago Divinity School and his undergraduate degree is from the University of Notre Dame. He also studied for two years at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, India.
Long is the author of three books and a wide array of articles on Hinduism, Indian philosophy, and religious pluralism (available on the Elizabethtown website). He is also a Consulting Editor for Sutra Journal. He is associated with the Vedanta Society, DĀNAM (the Dharma Academy of North America) and the Hindu American Foundation.
A major theme of Long’s work is religious pluralism, a topic he approaches from a perspective informed by the process philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead and which he refers to as a “Hindu process theology.”
Book by Jeffery D. Long include:
- A Vision for Hinduism: Beyond Hindu Nationalism
- Jainism: An Introduction
- The Historical Dictionary of Hinduism
- Indian Philosophy: An Introduction (coming August 2016)