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
> others).
Hello :
  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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