Eastern Religions and Western Culture: Meditation,
Vegetarianism, Yoga, Reincarnation
Though the majority of Americans consider themselves to be
Judeo-Christians and relatively few are Hindu or Buddhist, the influence that these
Eastern religions have had on modern Western society can't be denied.
Here are a few specific questions and some hyperlinks that
are a starting point for using the Internet to investigate them.
A. Meditation, relaxation exercises, and yoga are becoming
a part of many of our lives (and also being incorporated into western religious practice).
Does this imply that we are also accepting some of the philosophical underpinnings of
B. Vegetarianism, though not only a religious or value
based choice, is becoming ever more prevalent in our society. In what ways are Eastern
religious and philosophical ideas related to the increasing popularity of Vegetarianism?
Ahimsa: The Hindu Ethic of Non-Violence
C. Though not all aspects of the New Age movement are
directly related to any specific Eastern religion, certain aspects, such as a belief in
reincarnation, certainly are. Can someone be a Christian and have New Age beliefs?
The New Age vs. Christianity
Christian Critique of New Age Beliefs
New Age Links
New Age Discussion Forum
New Age Chat