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A. J. Appasamy and his Reading of Rāmānuja: A Comparative Study in Divine Embodiment

Brian Philip Dunn


This book is a comparative study exploring the writings of an Indian Christian theologian named Ayadurai Jesudason Appasamy (1891–1975) and his comparative theological interaction with the twelfth-century Śrivaiṣṇava reformer, Rāmānuja. The doctrinal focus is Appasamy’s four-fold Johannine application of the ‘Body of God’ analogy—the ‘Universe’, ‘Incarnation’, ‘Eucharist’, and ‘Church’ being his four divine embodiments. Critics in Appasamy’s day described his theological project as ‘bold heresies’, a ‘synthesis of Christianity and Vedānta’ that has ‘shifted the axis’ from Christianity to ‘Hind ... More

Keywords: Appasamy, Rāmānuja, bhakti, Anglican, comparative, embodiment, sacrament, temple, John, Johannine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198791416
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198791416.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Philip Dunn, author
Independent Scholar