Arguments Used by Controversial WH McLeod and McLeodian students to promote their Sikh Studies Centers and Controversial Chairs. These arguments are not valid and have been refuted. 

  • They are academics and their purpose is academia as opposed to promoting a specific “religion”

This argument holds no value.  The controversy involved in Hew McLeod’s approach does not involve a particular religion being promoted.  Their are historical flaws in McLeod’s writings and the works his followers promote.  These flaws, and McLeod’s message has been refuted throughout many writings.  

  • They are teaching history and not theology, idealogy, or philosophy.  They are not promoting “Sikhi” but are teaching the history.  Their approach is historical and not theological.  

History and theology go hand in hand.  To understand Sikh history one must understand Sikh theology, and gurbani.  The Guru Granth Sahib is the supreme source for history as well.  One of the main controversies involving Hew McLeod is also regarding his outlook on the Guru Granth Sahib, the scripture of the Sikhs.  The Guru Granth Sahib is a revealed word of the Divine.  In the Guru Granth Sahib, it says this many times.  The scripture is referred to as “Dhur Ki Baani,” or word of the divine, and throughout the scripture it states that it has come directly from the divine.  

  • They are Western academics and their way of teaching, and their work is based upon western methods.  

This controversial argument also hold no value.  There can be other western academics who may not be in line with what these controversial McLeodian “scholars” are saying.  Just because there are not that many does not mean that there is no difference between others.  

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