A Critical Evaluation of the Modernist Trends in Hinduism

Eno, Enola

     The problem of this dissertation [is] to evaluate modernist adjustments of Hinduism in the light of a philosophy of religion oriented to modern science and its effects on social structure. The major divisions of this dissertation are as follows: (1) An analysis of India's old socio-thought habits; her modernist adjustments could be understood only in terms of her old habits. (2) A sketch of the implications of scientific thought for socio-religious thought today. (3) An evaluation of elements of help and hindrance in the religious heritage of India, for attempted adjustment to these new implications. (4) A survey of factors of disorganization in modern India: . . . practical effects of science on social structure [are] found prior and fundamental to readjustment of thought forms. (5) An illustrative sketch of response to the factors of disorganization which . . . constitute incipient reorganization. (6) An observation of specific socio-religious movements and sects of the last century, which arising as social responses . . . illustrate types of thought adjustment. (7) A study of two outstanding contemporary leaders, Gandhi and Tagore, especially the latter as a religious philosopher, with the expectation that they would be strong illustrative foci of the modernist trends. (8) A cross section survey of all these and other scattered findings on specific changing thought forms at the same time evaluating them in the light of a modern philosophy of religion oriented to a scientific world view.

A. Eustace haydon, W. E. Clark, A. G. Baker