Abigail Vogel RELS 110-002 Discussion Questions for “My Hinduism Is Not Exclusive” Do you think Gandhi’s ideas in this reading are a good example of inclusivism or a good example of pluralism? Why? What does Gandhi seem to love best about Hinduism? Why does he love this aspect of Hinduism so much? What does Gandhi say about Christianity? What does he say about Christ? “Gandhi is _____.” Based on this reading, what one word would you choose to complete this statement? Why? Answers Gandhi’s ideas in this reading seem to align more with pluralism than inclusivism. He seems to not limit the truths within the religions to a couple, but says that he believes in other religions as well as Hinduism. He says that there is room for all the prophets in the world to be worshipped and that “Hinduism tells every one to worship God according to his own faith or Dharma.” Gandhi seems to love ahimsa the most within his religion. This message makes his religion glorious and beautiful, but also contributes to India’s culture. He says that the preaching oh Hinduism and ahimsa has made armed revolution in India almost impossible. Gandhi says that he admires much about Christianity, but that it has been corrupted by Satan in the West. He says that there is to much war and focus on material possessions for there to be Christ in the West. He goes on to say that Jesus is misrepresented in the West, but that he was one of the greatest teachers ever. Gandhi is peaceful. It is apparent in the reading how much ahimsa means to him and how he feels that although there is violence in other religions, it should not be so. Also, by his easy understanding and admiration for other religions, he clearly desires peace.