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What is distinctive about the Church's theology?
To answer this question we are asked to isolate a few
theological aspects that are central to the Church, that are somewhat
different to other movements and together thus forms a body of teaching
that makes itself distinguishable as the theology of Church of the East.
This cannot be satisfactorily accomplished because all the theologies in
the world are but syncretisms of their formative cultural environment.
Should this question be asked by a Hindu we would probably
answer that we are Hindus who follow Yesu the Saviour. Similarly, we
could in all truth answer a Buddhist that we are Buddhists following
Yesu the Saviour. To the western Christian we would have to explain that
we are followers of the original movement, The Way of Jesus. This would
necessarily involve teaching them about the central doctrines (which
they probably adhere to but by other names) of reincarnation, karma,
dharma, humility, simplicity and compassion.
Theology, Teaching and Training
- This is perhaps what can be regarded as Church of the
East's distinctive theology:
The Way of Jesus to which the following doctrines are central:
humility, simplicity, compassion, reincarnation, karma, dharma,
and deification of human beings through the process of theosis
(yoga) -- as we 'imitate Christ', ‘become like Christ'; and the
knowledge that the key to the purpose of life lies in living a
full, exciting life, holistically practicing love -- which is the
higher form of knowledge.
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