Series on World Religions
Thu, May 2, 6:30pm: Hinduism, led by Dr. Leslie Desmangles The history of Hinduism spans over a period of more than 5,000 years and its traditions cover a vast geographical area, including parts of the New World. The literary prowess of Hindus has given rise to a large compendium of complex and sophisticated philosophical writings, and a religious scripture that includes up to 120 books. This presentation is a thematic survey of Hinduism, including a description of its early and modern history and theology. Emphasis is given to the Hindu teachings about the nature of God (Brahman), the concepts of the soul (atman), spiritual ignorance or the state of spiritual imperfection (avidya and maya), reincarnation (samsara) and the paths to salvation (nirvana).
Dr. Leslie Desmangles is a long-time member of AHCC and Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies and International Studies at Trinity College. Professor Desmangles graduated from Eastern University with a B.A. in Music, from Palmer Seminary in Philadelphia with an M. Div. in Theology, and from Temple University with a Ph.D. in Anthropology of Religion, specializing in Caribbean and African Studies. He taught at Ohio Wesleyan University from 1969-1976, at De Paul University from 1976-1978, and at Trinity since 1978.
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