Advaita and Christianity
Vivek Anand Ganesan
v_ganesan at YAHOO.COM
Thu Mar 23 16:37:16 CST 2000
In a different thread,
"Can iishvara pull out a jiiva from bondage?",
ShrI Cowart wrote:
> There is a strong non-dual tradition in Christianity
> (Eckhardt and
I have been wondering about this for a while. I would
to learn more. I have given a few bits of knowledge that
I have culled. Any corrections and/or comments are
I. Gnosis and Pistis
Since Early Christian theology was mostly influenced by
Greek philosophy most Christian terms are Greek. I have
specifically come across two that have caught my attention.
Gnosis = Realization = Jnana ( Is it so? )
Pistis = Faith ( I don't know the Sanskrit equivalent ).
It is possible that there was some Indian influence on
philosophy, especially since Pythogras had studied in
Only recently did I learn about the Gnostic school of
Christianity ( from a Hollywood movie, no less ). It seems
that this school was quite popular in the early days but
later persecuted by the doyens of orthodoxy. They
inner-realization ( Gnosis ).It also seems that a papal
was passed that outlawed Gnosis and established only
II. Dogma and Kerygma
These are two more terms which might have some
with Indian thought. Specifically, Is
Dogma = Dharma and Kerygma = Karma?
Thanks in advance,
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