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He was condemned, and they were created anew. He wept over what His creation had made of itself, And by His tears was it remade, Restored to its true nature, its primitive origin. The first creation was of the dust of the ground; The second, of Water and Spirit. No thing existed for itself.
Each thing humbly, patiently fulfilled its designation, without thinking, Without possessing, or rebelling, or complaining, or laying blame, or taking credit, or seeking honor. In this way, the roaring ocean and mighty wind were as meek as the still pond. One thing dies, without thinking, that others may live.
A seed falls to the ground and dies, And from it comes a tree bearing fruit and more seeds beyond counting. If the seed is preserved whole, nothing will come from it. Only if it dies will it give life. This is the Way, the Pattern that all things follow, Knew this Sage. This is how we can describe the Way, For what the Way does, the Way is.
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Through suffering we are stopped short in our self worship and pursuit of earthly gratification. We find that our old distractions no longer work as they did before — they no longer stop the pain. Finally we are forced to face what we had been running away from all our lives: we are forced to face ourselves as we really are, and it is a gruesome sight. For our true selves, however, it marks the beginning of a new life.
Show more notes. Sort order. Jun 10, David Withun rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites , religion. Jul 23, James Andersen rated it it was amazing Shelves: christianity , philosophy , theology , psychology.
Christ the Eternal Tao
This book is truly an incredible read. For those who feel that Christianity is exclusively Western will be proved wrong by this book. This book attempts and succeeds in walking a balancing act between religious exclusivity and syncretism. This book shows how Christianity is the fulfillment of all the worlds spiritual traditions both in their unique worldview's and practices, whether Judaism of the West or Taoism of the East, using this book and others I will attempt a great undertaking of trying This book is truly an incredible read. This book shows how Christianity is the fulfillment of all the worlds spiritual traditions both in their unique worldview's and practices, whether Judaism of the West or Taoism of the East, using this book and others I will attempt a great undertaking of trying to show how Christianity is the fulfillment of other Eastern traditions through Taoism.
This book is a highly recommended read because it is a fresh perspective from the East regarding Christianity, where most Westerns have gone these days to receive any and all spiritual fulfillment, may this book help some of those Westerns re-discover the depth of Christian teaching that is much closer to home. This is an exceptionally unique Christian book. In it, the author s compare Christianity to ancient Chinese beliefs by philosopher Lao Tzu. Before the coming of Christ, Lao Tzu attempted at reconciling himself with the unknowable overarching objective truth in the universe.
He called this truth the "Tao," which can be comparable to Jesus being the "Word" who became flesh. To use a pop-culture reference, the Tao can also be somewhat compared to the famous "Force" in George Lucas's Star Wars. Chr This is an exceptionally unique Christian book. Christ the Eternal Tao, then, is an assertion that the Tao that Lao Tzu was trying to get to know was, in reality, Christ, although he had no way of knowing.
I really enjoyed the spiritual truths found in this book, that one can only know Christ through the Spirit who comes forth from Christ. While there are some portions dedicated specifically to traditions in eastern Orthodox Christianity, the majority of the messages can be related to by nearly all Christians who believe in the truths of the gospel of Christ.
I'd recommend for anyone wanting to know the spiritual nature of how God dispenses himself into man or, if this doesn't sound like your taste, to read the Economy of God by Witness Lee. Recommended for believers in Christ who wish to know Him at a deeper level. Aug 31, Calm rated it liked it. I'm not Orthodox, so I may have misunderstood some of the finer points in the book.
Christ the Eternal Tao by Hieromonk Damascene (2004, Paperback)
Most of it was an explanation of the salvation process in Christianity. The author used Lou Zhu's thoughts in parallel to ancient Greek thought to illustrate God's preparing the way for the incarnation. I enjoyed the sections where the author argued for Lau Zhu's Tao to be a better version of the Greek's logos and hence a better connection with Christ, but the rest was largely normal Christian speculation at lea I'm not Orthodox, so I may have misunderstood some of the finer points in the book.
I enjoyed the sections where the author argued for Lau Zhu's Tao to be a better version of the Greek's logos and hence a better connection with Christ, but the rest was largely normal Christian speculation at least for Protestants. The bits of testimony from Orthodox Christians were interesting as well. Mar 17, Adam Gossman rated it it was amazing Shelves: reading , favorites , re-readers. May 25, Joshua rated it it was amazing. Any religion that claims to be universal and exclusive must be capable of bridging the cultural gaps between the various cultures of the human race. Christianity makes that claim and this book does an incredible job of explaining how a faith with Jewish roots fits in with the history of philosophy all over the world.
More importantly, this book provides a detailed and awe-inspiring introduction to Eastern Orthodox spirituality, which is something both Protestants and Catholics lack Catholics due Any religion that claims to be universal and exclusive must be capable of bridging the cultural gaps between the various cultures of the human race.
More importantly, this book provides a detailed and awe-inspiring introduction to Eastern Orthodox spirituality, which is something both Protestants and Catholics lack Catholics due to their paradigm shift of the 11th century and Protestants due to their Catholic heritage. As more and more people fall away from evangelical fundamentalism in search of something genuine, they find themselves looking to Catholicism and Orthodoxy.
This book shows why Orthodoxy is the only choice to make. View 1 comment. Feb 20, John Pillar rated it really liked it. Good book. There's a lot of variety in the book revolving around Jesus Christ and the concept of the Tao; ranging from poetry to practical spiritual practice.
For me personally, I found a good bit of affirmation of the foreshadowing of Jesus that I found when reading a translation of the Tao Te Ching. I appreciated the consistent message of the necessity of humbleness in our walk with Christ, as well as the emphasis the Jesus Christ must be our focus.
I think the book provides a good balance betw Good book. I think the book provides a good balance between the discipline required in our lives and the grace necessary for us to know and grow closer to Christ. May 18, Shiva Seven rated it really liked it. A must-read for all dime-store mystics! Aug 08, Ryan rated it really liked it.
A fantastic read for any person who has grown up in the context of Western Christianity and has found it lacking a certain spiritual element. Damascene approaches the teachings of the Tao Te Ching from an Eastern Orthodox prospective, leaving a deep impression on the typical Western reader.
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Thanks Widespread in its topics, this book offers a fresh alternative to the overly-academic systematic theologies offered us by Catholic and Pr A fantastic read for any person who has grown up in the context of Western Christianity and has found it lacking a certain spiritual element. Thanks Widespread in its topics, this book offers a fresh alternative to the overly-academic systematic theologies offered us by Catholic and Protestant traditions.
Particularly interesting were the treatments of the doctrine of the Trinity and the concept of prayer and meditation. May 05, James rated it it was amazing. Part 1 is worth the price of the book. The remainder of the book is more theological and practical. Nevertheless, I will take many of the teachings on prayer to heart.
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Jun 27, Amani rated it really liked it. Excellent look into how our mind is so easily influenced by external factors, and what we need to do to keep grounded and focussed on the right things. Nov 04, Susan rated it it was amazing Shelves: spirituality , theology. Great book! Good to understand the history in China as well!
Oct 04, Timothy Nichols rated it it was amazing Shelves: goals. You take your time with this one. The second half is a clear, serviceable exposition of Eastern Christian spirituality -- well-crafted, but nothing you couldn't find in a dozen other books. But the first half This is old-school Christian cultural engagement at its absolute finest. Buy it. Read it. Then read it again.
Jan 24, Jeremy rated it liked it. I lined them up on my bookshelf and proceeded to read them one by one. It's a nice feeling.