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From Darkness to Light

The Concept of Salvation in the Perspectives of Thomas Aquinas and Śankara

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Santosh Thomas Karingadayil

The question on salvation with its multifarious dimensions had always been a significant subject-matter of discussion from time immemorial. All the religious traditions attempt to formulate appropriate answers to the questions related to this, one of the most crucial issues in theological reflections. Still the concept remains wide open for further research. It is St. Paul who said that, «For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then we will see face to face. Now I know only in part; then I will know fully, even as I have been fully known.» (1 Cor. 13:13) Salvation, as St. Paul conceives it, is a face to face vision of God in perfect knowledge merited through the person of Christ and through the gratuitous gift of grace. It is a passage from ignorance to truth, from darkness to light and from death to immortality (Br. Upa. I. iii. 27). From Darkness to Light aims at an enhanced understanding of the concept of salvation, comparing the theological and soteriological positions of Thomas Aquinas and Śankara. The author has made an admirable attempt in Comparative Theology, deciphering and clarifying all related concepts of salvation in both the thinkers.

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XIII Abbreviations Used AB Ātmabōdha AU Aitareya Upaniùad BG Bhagavad-Gīta BGB Bhagavad-Gītabhasya of Śaïkara BSB Brahma Sūtra Bhasya of Śaïkara BU Bçhadaraõyaka Upaniùad BUB Bçhadaraõyaka Upaniùad Bhasya of Śaïkara CT Compendium of Theology CU Chāndogya Upaniùad CUB Chāndogya Upaniùad Bhasya of Śaïkara ĪU Īsa Upaniùad Ka. U Kañhaka Upaniùad KU Kena Upaniùad Ka.UB Kañhaka Upaniùad Bhasya of Śaïkara KUB Kena Upaniùad Bhasya of Śaïkara Ma. U Māndūkya Upaniùad MU Muõdaka Upaniùad MUB Māndūkya Upaniùad Bhasya of Śaïkara MUB Muõdaka Upaniùad Bhasya of Śaïkara Op.Om. Opera Omnia PU Praśna Upaniùad SU Śvetāśvetara Upaniùad SUB Śvetāśvetara Upaniùad Bhasya of Śaïkara SCG Summa Contra Gentiles SST Supplement to Summa Theologiae ST Summa Theologiae TU Taittiriya Upaniùad TUB Taittiriya Upaniùad Bhasya of Śaïkara Viv Vivekacudamani

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