We started the quiz today after I gave students a little bit of time to study. Well, I gave them a little time to study, and then I gave them a mini-review lesson on Hinduism. This question appears on the quiz: "How would you define Hinduism, polytheistic, monotheistic, or pantheistic?" I realize that leaves the door open to students saying, "well I wouldn't define it in the first place..." or some such answer - but I let them know that it's a trick question and that they should give reasons why Hinduism sort of fits all three categories.
I put the following on the board:
Shiva destroys in order to allow Brahma to start creating again.
So, we discussed how Hinduism could be viewed as polytheistic - because they obviously worship many gods. Then I posted these pictures:
Brahman - the eternal spirit/essence/god of everything. If those gods are actually a part of God - then that would make Hinduism monotheistic right? Because Hindu worshipers are actually worshiping Brahman - singular.
Then I posted this picture:
I think the point I was getting at was - so often we answer quickly without giving much thought, when oftentimes more thought is necessary.
What is it: polytheistic, monotheistic, or pantheistic? It's complicated.
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