Nr. 25 (1998)

Shape and Origin of Bhaktivedanta Swami’s Image of Christianity
An Essay

Nr. 25 (1998)

von Peter Schmidt

0. Introduction and theses. 1. Bhaktivedanta Swami’s view of Christianity. 1.1. The Bible; 1.2. Jesus; 1.3. History of the church. 2. Bhaktivedanta Swami’s religious socialization. 2.1. Childhood; 2.2 College; 2.3. Vaishnava-teachers. 3. Final summary and appendix (with glossary)

0. The Bengal Vaishnava Swami Abhay Caranaravinda Bhaktivedanta, briefly called Bhaktivedanta Swami, lived from 1896 to 1977. Eleven years before his death he founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness in New York, abbreviated: ISKCON, for the most of you better known as the „Hare-Krishna movement“.

One may not consider Bhaktivedanta Swami as

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