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Christ the Eternal Tao (book)

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New page: This is the title of a book authored by Hieromonk Damascene (Christensen); it was first published in 1999, and its last edition was in 2004. The following description is from the ...
This is the title of a book authored by [[Hieromonk]] [[Damascene (Christensen)]]; it was first published in 1999, and its last edition was in 2004.

The following description is from the website of the [http://www.sainthermanpress.com/Catalog/Sunrise_of_the_East/Tao_book.htm Saint Herman Press]:

:"Not until now has the ancient wisdom of [[w:Lao Tzu|Lao Tzu]] been presented alongside the otherworldly revelation of [[Jesus Christ]] in a way that encompasses the full significance of both. Avoiding the common pitfalls of [[w:Syncretism#Religious_syncretism|religious syncretism]], ''Christ the Eternal Tao'' shows Lao Tzu’s [[w:Tao Te Ching|''Tao Teh Ching'']] as a foreshadowing of what would be revealed by Christ, and Lao Tzu himself as a Far-Eastern “prophet” of the Incarnate God.

:Inspired by [[Seraphim Rose|Fr. Seraphim Rose’s]] early studies of the ''Tao Teh Ching'', this book draws from the unpublished translations and teachings of Fr. Seraphim’s Chinese philosophy teacher, Gi-ming Shien, in order to uncover the esoteric core of the ''Tao Teh Ching''. Then, through the transmission of mystics of the ancient Christian East, Lao Tzu’s teaching is brought into a new dimension, exploding with new meanings.

:Part I contains a “New Testament” of the ''Tao Teh Ching'', which looks at Christ through the eyes of Lao Tzu and presents the [[Gospel]] in Lao Tzu’s own intriguing way.

:Part II unfolds the history of the revelation of God, from the creation of man, through the fall, primordial civilization, Lao Tzu, [[w:Confucius|Confucius]], and the ancient [[w:Hebrews|Hebrews]], and finally to God’s Incarnation in Jesus Christ and His ultimate revelation of His Being as [[Holy Trinity|Three Persons]].

:Part III offers practical advice from Eastern [[Introduction to Orthodox Christianity|Orthodox]] teachers on how to unite oneself to Christ the Incarnate Tao/Logos and acquire His Divine [[Grace]] (in Chinese, Teh).

:Much more than a mere study in comparative religion, ''Christ the Eternal Tao'' uses Lao Tzu’s intuitive realizations as a springboard by which to catapult the spiritual seekers of our day all the way into the mystical depths of Eastern Orthodox Christianity.

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