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What did you love best about Worldview Apologetics?
I liked that the author (who is from India) was immersed in Hindu culture and respectfully explains Hinduism and its strengths. He then outlines its weaknesses. He gives a Christian response to each perceived weakness followed by a Hindu defense. Finally, he ends with a Christian summary. This book helps one understand both Christianity and Hinduism better.
Who was your favorite character and why?
This is a non-fiction book, so there are no characters per se. This book does review three Hindu philosophers and give a summary of their ideas. The three philosophers are Sankura, Ramanuja, and Madhva.
Have you listened to any of Locust & Honey Publications’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
No, this is the first book by L & H that I have listened to.
If you could give Worldview Apologetics a new subtitle, what would it be?
Introduction to Hinduisms Major Philosophers and a Comparison of Their Ideas to the Ideas of Christianity.
Any additional comments?
In a scholarly work of this sort, it is nice to have the footnotes. In this book the footnotes are read in the text very quickly. I think this is helpful, although you have to get used to it at first. This is a very good book and an important resource for apologetics.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Worldview Apologetics to be better than the print version?
I am a busy pastor who does not have much time to read anymore. So I have found audio books to be very useful. For some time now, I have been wanting to study Hinduism from a rigorous philosophical perspective. This book does not exactly do this, but it has provided me with a good platform from which to research other books that will hopefully get me closer to my goal. And yet I wouldn't have had the time to read it. Thus the audio version is very valuable. If everyone would put their Ph.D. dissertations on audio books, the world would be a better place!
With this said, the audio could have been better. The narrator gets the content across just fine, but he does so in a strange manner. His voice is very odd. It is almost as if he intentionally has imitated a computer voice.
What does work very well, though, is his reading of the footnotes. It was essential to get the footnotes into the book's audio performance. But how to do this? The footnotes are read a bit faster than the main text. And it works well. I absorbed all the content just fine. Also, the modest amount of simple music between sections or chapters worked well. It's not overdone. It's simple. It gives you time to absorb what has just been read. Bravo.
On the basis of different philosophical beliefs, I would differ with Pradeep Tilak's overall approach. He is trying to take a well rounded approach to apologetics but, in my opinion, ends up falling prey to eclecticism, in the worst sense of the word. If there is one school of thought towards which he seems to gravitate, it is "Reformed epistemology" (Plantinga et al.). I would take a classic approach to apologetics and ground it in an Aristotelian-Thomist realism. So I would have liked to see the author address more directly the Vedantan denial of creation. Wouldn't it be great to engage Vedantan monism by way of the classic arguments for God's existence? If creation ex nihilo in fact can be proven through some version of the cosmological argument, then I would imagine this would open up all sorts of insights into the exact nature of the error of Vedantan monism. But the author does not get that deep. Also, what about laying out a sound philosophical anthropology? If that was done, then the exact nature of the error of the idea of reincarnation could be addressed in fascinating ways. But again, this is not done. I also found his pulling Kierkegaard in at the end of his work to be less than helpful. It's this sort of eclecticism that, far from providing different view points that complement and reinforce each other, only tends towards philosophical confusion. The most useful sections of the work were chapters 4-7.
At any rate, the author provided me with enough food for thought and footnotes to get me headed in the right direction. He has no doubt put a lot of time and energy and love into this book, and it shows. It's well researched and well organized. I don't doubt, moreover, that it could help the thoughtful Christian engage the sincere Hindu on the most important questions in life, thereby opening his heart and mind to Christianity.