A friend of mine recently sent me a couple articles that I thought were worth passing your way. The first here is an article by Lisa Miller entitled It appeared in an August 2009 issue of . Miller's basic argument is that while Americans still tend to self-identify as Christians, their worldviews are becoming much more Hindu than Biblical. Miller's position is that America is on its way to becoming Hindu in terms of the worldview shared by most of the population.
I thought both articles were interesting. At the end of the day, I'm not sure it matters a whole lot for my daily life as a follower of Jesus engaged full-time in God's global mission of redemption. Lost is still lost, regardless of the label. It is essential to understand an individual's worldview and background, sure. But I feel that believers sometimes read these kinds of articles in a doom and gloom sort of way. Like they'd be happier if people were lost but didn't believe in reincarnation. I don't get that.
Literally, "hindu" just means someone from India, but the Hindi / Sanskrit word for India isn't even "India". It is Bharat. So, if "India" is no more than what foreigners call Bharat, can we really say that anyone is from India? Are there really any Hindus?
More seriously, "Hinduism" can claim no universal tenets, doctrines, practices, or literature that explain why Buddhists are not Hindu, devotees are, and Jains are kinda-sorta. Just try. Just try to explain what makes a Hindu a Hindu and not a Christian, Scientologist, Taoist, or Muslim. Try. Really, I'm not looking to be difficult, but I'd love to get a conversation going.