In chapter 4 a significant shift is identified in Appasamy’s reading of John. Moving away from his earlier externally imposed structure of bhakti as supra-traditional ‘immanence’ and ‘mysticism’, in the mid-1930s he demonstrates a much more traditionally accountable and sacramental approach to the text. A new ‘Spirit Christology’ is identified and with it his reliance on more of the Johannine text to develop his views on the Eucharist and Church. Drawing increasingly from his Anglican tradition, Appasamy identifies, from the Eucharist outward to all of creation, what his own tradition was calling the ‘sacramental principle’. Extending his earlier views on immanence, the co-agency of the Son and the Spirit are presented as the work and presence of the divine Self in a ‘God-filled Universe’. His doctrine of the Church as sacramental community is then considered, from its more universal form to a more localized one in the Indian context.
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