The Concept of Salvation in the Perspectives of Thomas Aquinas and Śankara
PART II: Process of Salvation 91
91 PART II: Process of Salvation The chief concern of the second part is to engage with the process of salvation. Salvation is viewed here as a process after the teaching of the Church and of other religions. It is a process in which the individual has a deciding role. The question discussed is how one could achieve the goal and what are the means and ways suggested. Salvation as a process includes two aspects, namely, the role of God and that of human beings. It is very often heard that our justification comes through the grace of God, which is a favour or a free gift. It does not mean that one has nothing to do in attaining his salvation. Every individual has a role in his justification. He should have the right disposition to receive the grace of God. It is human being who is in need of salvation and therefore it is he who has to undergo this process through which he is saved. From a Christian point of view, when one discusses the notion of Salvation as a process, the vari- ous means and ways through which one can create a right disposition to be gifted with grace are to be taken care of. Aquinas and Śaïkara have their own convictions about the reality of salvation and the various processes one has to undergo to achieve it. The two following chapters are discussing and analyzing those means in detail as guidelines to salvation. Chapter I:...
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