[Advaita-l] Sola Fide (was Re: Sraddha and Chitta-shuddhi)

Michael Shepherd michael at shepherd87.fsnet.co.uk
Fri Apr 3 13:11:36 CDT 2009

Yes, agreed.. fortunately, speech raises all dictionary words to their true
life when heard !


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Subject: Re: [Advaita-l] Sola Fide (was Re: Sraddha and Chitta-shuddhi)

>It's this hollow hair-splitting that demotes Christianity (even
further) :
>imagine 'faith' without hope or love.. You ask God's pardon : as with
>grace, it is beyond the nature of God to refuse; you receive it; then
>happens in the next moment ? You are confronted by the next required
>human action -- which calls for human effort or good works (which of
>course are also grace..)..or you reject that grace. Where's the
>difference ? Wikipedia wasn't written by God... ;)

Point well taken, but Kartik's point about translations is also
Christian theologies from various church denominations have different
opinions about the word faith and its role in human salvation. If I am
asked to talk about vedAnta to an audience in the US, I will definitely
be very careful about what words I use in English and in what context.
And given that communication often happens in the English language,
it is worth the extra effort to reiterate other dimensions of the
words too.

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