Goal: The goal of this forum is to be introduced to the fundamentals of Hinduism and Yoga. Course Objective(s):CO1 Identify the influence that major world religions have on society and illustrate the importance of studying religion today.CO2 Describe and evaluate the key beliefs and characteristics of each major world religion and show how they are reflected in political and social structures and attitudes.Directions:
Select one (1) option from below and develop your Initial Response.OPTION A:Scholars continue to debate the academic nature of Hinduism as to whether or not it is a polytheistic or monotheistic belief system. Based upon your studies and research this week, compare and contrast these two positions and then academically defend your position clearly demonstrating why you believe that the practice of Hinduism is a polytheistic or monotheistic belief system.OPTION B:A contemporary debate growing among scholars today revolves around the incredible growth of Yoga within the United States. The issue of the debate as defined by the 2011 October/November/December edition of Hinduism Today centers upon the question, “as to whether or not Yoga is intrinsically a Hindu practice or a universal science?” Based upon your studies and research this week, compare and contrast these two positions and then academically defend your position clearly demonstrating why you believe that Yoga is intrinsically a Hindu practice or a universal science. In your discussion, you will want to clearly identify and define what type of Yoga is being referenced and the foundational role that Yoga has in Hinduism.“Four Questions People Ask About Hinduism … and Four Tweetable Answers – 1. Is Yoga a Hindu Practice?” (2011) . Hinduism Today, October/November/December. (https://www.hinduismtoday.com/modules/smartsection/item.php?itemid=5215_) Accessed 13 October 2018.