In this paper we reflect on the role of scripture in salvation in Hinduism and Christianity. We all know that differences among various Hindu scripturologies are severe and profound. Diversities of understandings of the nature and role of scripture in salvation abound no less within the various Christian traditions. There is no Hindu consensus regarding the scripture's role in salvation. Even within orthodox Hinduism the differences on this theme are fundamental. For instance. the Vedanta of Sankara reads the Vedas as descriptive of Brahman, the knowledge and realization of which constitutes moksa which Sankara equates with meta-material, meta-social, pure being. The Mimarhsa of Kumarila Bhatta reads the same authoritative texts as primarily injunctive, providing the impetus for those ritual and moral actions which eventuate in the attainment of svarga.

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