The Kr?s?n?avatara doctrines of Sankara and Ramanuja and classical Christian orthodoxy's Incarnation of Christ : a comparative study of the body-soul-divine relation and its theological/soteriological implications
This work compares the Kr~I)avatara (Kr~I)a in his avatiira state) doctrines of SaIikara and
Riimanuja and the incarnation of Christ as represented by classical Christian orthodoxy, and
draws out comparative theological and soteriological implications. It does so first by examining
the epistemologies, theologies and worldviews of Sruikara and Riimanuja, and the theology
and worldview of classical Christian orthodoxy, so that, second, an adequate foundation
and subsequent thorough representation of avatiira and incarnation might be accomplished, in
order that, third, accurate comparisons may be drawn between avatiira and incarnation. The
result of this study is a demonstration that many of the popularly-held similarities between
avatiira and incarnation are superficial, and that therefore careful consideration of epistemol?
gies and on:ologies .should ~e undl:$k~~en comparing theologies and soteriologies
pertment to avatara and InCarnatIOn.