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The Faith Next DoorAmerican Christians and Their New Religious Neighbors$
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Paul D. Numrich

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386219.001.0001

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A Hindu Temple Comes to Town

A Hindu Temple Comes to Town

(p.17) ONE A Hindu Temple Comes to Town
The Faith Next Door

Paul D. Numrich

Oxford University Press

In 1985, a proposal to build the Sri Venkateswara Swami Temple stirred lively public debate among Christians in a blue-collar suburb of Chicago. The evangelical magazine Christianity Today covered the story, which prompted a rebuttal from Hinduism Today. Some Christians wished to ban the idolatrous presence in order to avoid God's displeasure, others wished to evangelize the Hindus in the new mission field of America, and still others welcomed the opportunity to learn about an unfamiliar religious tradition through dialogue. This chapter follows the debate, quotes community members on all sides of the issue, and examines the theological and civic issues involved. In the end, the temple was built, the first of three Hindu temples now in that city.

Keywords:   Hindu temple, Venkateswara, Christianity Today, Hinduism Today, Hinduism, evangelism, dialogue

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