There are unprecedented mass movements of new forms of Hinduism; do we have new ways of engaging?
Globally, Hinduism is not a single cultural unit as subsumed by some scholars under the term ‘religion’, but is a socio-cultural phenomenon.
We are called to share good news in evangelism, but not to engage in unworthy proselytizing. Evangelism, which includes persuasive rational argument following the example of the Apostle Paul, is ‘to make an honest and open statement of the gospel which leaves the hearers entirely free to make up their own minds about it. We wish to be sensitive to those of other faiths, and we reject any approach that seeks to force conversion on them’. Proselytizing, by contrast, is the attempt to compel others to become ‘one of us’, to ‘accept our religion’, or indeed to ‘join our denomination’. The Cape Town Commitment II-C-1
All these factors call for employing contemporary approaches that take the socio-cultural aspect of Hindus seriously. This is a new Lausanne network focusing specifically on Hinduism as a socio-cultural phenomenon and calling for fresh study, research, and sustained engagement with the context.