God in the Early Twenty-first Century: Ayodhya as Case Study

Winfried Corduan


In this paper Winfried Corduan describes the clashes between Hindus and Muslims in the Indian town of Ayodhya to make the point that oftentimes the concept of God is used as an icon for a particular culture. Thus, the Hindu god Rama epitomizes the Hindu dharma, while Allah often turns into an abstract concept justifying Islamic culture. The essay concludes by reflecting on attempts in the United States today to (re-)identify God with American culture. Mr. Corduan is Professor of Philosophy and Religion at Taylor University.


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