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The Body Divine : The Symbol of the Body in the Works of Teilhard de Chardin and Ramanuja - Anne Hunt Overzee

The Body Divine

The Symbol of the Body in the Works of Teilhard de Chardin and Ramanuja

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The Body Divine explores the ways in which two spiritual teachers, one Christian (Teilhard de Chardin) and one Hindu (RD=amD=anuja) have seen the world as inherently divine, and have presented this insight theologically through the use of a symbol, that of the "body of the divine" (the body of Christ/Brahman). In a careful study of their beliefs, Dr. Hunt Overzee shows how both thinkers came to understand reality in terms of consciousness, believing that salvation/release is realized through attaining the Lord. This goal is approximated through a changed view of things, in which everything is seen to belong to the Lord and to manifest His presence. The author compares those spiritual practices taught by each thinker in order to help people attain the Lord, and places these practices in a broader context of practices for transforming consciousness. In so doing, Dr. Hunt Overzee makes an important contribution to comparative theology, and uses her subjects as the starting point for an exploration of the wide-ranging implications of a religious symbol whose potency is perennial, cross-cultural, and of continuing contemporary importance.

"This is a comprehensive and scholarly study of the comparisons to be drawn between two religious traditions on the subject of the world as the body of the divine as exemplified in the writings of two significant thinkers...It is a most competent exposition of the positions of the writers concerned..." Glyn Richards, Asian Thought and Society

Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction
The background to the divine body in Teilhard de Chardin
The background to the divine body in Rananuja
The body of Christ in the writings of Teilhard de Chardin
The body of Brahman in the writings of Ramanuja
Functions of the divine body in Ramanuja and Teilhard de Chardin
The divine body as model of the integration of consciousness
The divine body as model for the transformation of consciousness
The divine body: paradigm of a conscious cosmos
Appendices
Bibliography
Glossary
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521385169
ISBN-10: 0521385164
Series: Cambridge Studies in Religious Traditions
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 236
Published: 9th June 2003
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.52