A. J. Appasamy and his Reading of Ramanuja: A Comparative Study in Divine Embodiment (Oxford Theology and Religion Monographs)

By Brian Philip Dunn

Overview
In this work, Brian Philip Dunn focuses on the South Indian theologian A. J. Appaswamy's "embodiment theology." This is the first book on Appaswamy, a not insignificant Indian, Christian theologian. This study argues for the distinctive theological voice of Appaswamy who develops a theology... View more
Binding Hardcover
Pages 256 pages
Publisher Oxford University Press
Publication Date February 08, 2017
Language English
ISBN-13 9780198791416

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In this work, Brian Philip Dunn focuses on the South Indian theologian A. J. Appaswamy's "embodiment theology." This is the first book on Appaswamy, a not insignificant Indian, Christian theologian. This study argues for the distinctive theological voice of Appaswamy who develops a theology strongly influenced by the medieval Hindu theologian (or "bhakti philosopher") Ramanuja, in particular offering a reading of the Gospel of John. Dunn shows how Appaswamy sees the Christian God in Ramanuja's theology and how his theology, particularly about the presence of God in the icon in a temple, can become a heuristic device through which to understand the fourth Gospel in the context of its own time. This allows the reader to develop a rooted Christology that otherwise would remain hidden. Through Ramanuja, Appaswamy can contribute to a constructive and important Theology that grounds the text and ideas of the incarnation in the Jewish context, particularly about priestly atonement. This reading of Ramanuja allows us to see a Christology in the Christian text that would otherwise not have been seen.

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