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By Arvind Sharma

ISBN-10: 0312053037

ISBN-13: 9780312053031

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This presentation of Hinduism quite stresses the intermingling of philosophy and faith in the religion. It hopes to increase the horizons of the traditional philosophy of faith through including fabric drawn from Hindu concept to its scope of curiosity. by way of therefore juxtaposing the philosophy of faith with Hindu philosophy, the ebook makes an attempt to maneuver in the direction of a cross-cultural philosophy of faith. This sequence of books explores modern non secular understandings of humanity and the universe. It covers the continued dialogues among faith and philosophy, scepticism and religion and among the various religions and ideologies.

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Ibid. 5. , op. , vol. III, p. 538. 6. See George Chemparathy, An Indian Rational Theology: Introduction to Udayana's Nyiiyakusumiifijali (Vienna: Gerold, 1972) pp. 19-33. 7. Ibid. 8. Chandradhar Sharma, A Critical Survey of Indian Philosophy (London: Rider, 1960) pp. 209-10. 9. This convergence has been noticed by several scholars. Thus M. Hiriyanna comments after discussing the Nyaya position (The Essentials of Indian Philosophy p. 90): 'Here we find two of the common arguments for the existence of God: (1) The cosmological, which reasons from the fact that the world is an effect to a Being who can bring it into existence; and (2) the teleological, which reasons from the evidence of design or purpose found in the world to a just and prescient agent.

See Ninian Smart (Doctrine and Argument in Indian Philosophy, pp. 150--1) on the relationship between omniscience and scripture. Also see Satischandra Chatterjee and Dhirendramohan Datta (An Introduction to Indian Philosophy, pp. , pp. 214-16, 218) that Nyaya too uses scriptural authority as one of the arguments to establish the existence of God, as was shown to be the case earlier with Udayana. It could be argued that this involves circular reasoning: Vedas are valid because they are the word of God; God exists because the Vedas say so.

Pp. 114-15. See F. S. C. Northrop, Man, Nature and God (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1962) ch. XVIII. 3 Hindu Theodicies: The Problem of Evil I Once belief in God is entertained, an issue is likely to arise sooner or later, and sooner rather than later, which has to do with the existence of evil. It was raised in the sixth century BC by the Buddha in relation to the Hindu god Brahma: If Brahma is lord of the whole world and creator of the multitude of beings, then why (i) has he ordained misfortune in the world without making the whole world happy, or (ii) for what purpose has he made the world full of injustice, deceit, falsehood and conceit, or (iii) the lord of beings is evil in that he ordained injustice when there could have been justice.

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