I came across a very interesting question about Hinduism and Christianity here, by a guy who is neither Hindu nor Christian. He asks:
Will some one please explain to me why in school Hinduism is classified as a polytheistic religion while Christianity is not. The Christian Trinity runs on the same principle that Hinduism does; in Christianity there are three parts to one God (Father, Son, Spirit) whereas in Hinduism there are thousands of parts to one God (Shiva, Krishna, etc). Despite the difference in number it’s the same principle. One of the religions is either classified wrongly, or my interpretation is off (if it is point to my mistakes and validate your point with sources).
What would your response be? Personally I think that the classification is correct, that the similarities between the Christian trinity and Hindu trimurti are seriously overrated, and that his interpretation is off. But what about you?
- Have you thought about this before?
- How would you respond to him?
- What sources would you cite?