- Publisher: St Herman Pr; 4 edition (March 1, 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1887904239
- ISBN-13: 978-1887904230
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That said, I have very much appreciated Damascene's, Christ The Eternal Tao. His handling of the Enneads (Taoist poems) is beautifully and creatively done. His introduction lays out the possibility that Lao Tzu might have been on to something way larger than he knew at the time, and that by reading back into his writings the information we have from the Gospels and Life of Christ that "something" becomes clearer. I like the fact that Damascene presents these thoughts in a way that affirms this only as a possibility and not a certainty. Damascene draws his readers into his own curiosity as to whether it might be possible, not that Lao Tzu was a prophet, but that what he saw and wrote about foreshadowed the fuller, more complete picture available in the Gospels. I found the book to be an enjoyable and refreshing read.
The book is a very thorough presentation of the history of the development of human understanding of God and the fulfillment of this understanding which came with the incarnation of Christ. The 2nd portion of the book is a fascinating, calming journey of poetry in which some of Lao Tzu's ideas are echoed or answered by some of the words of Christ. The similarities are striking!
This book helps one see how gently and faithfully God has revealed Himself through history bit by bit -- as much as we could handle at the given time. It respects both traditional Chinese thought and Christ as the 2nd person in the Triune God. This book even explains how the Trinity is an essential aspect of Divinity. I have been very blessed in my spirit from reading this book. I am about 2/3rds of the way through and am enjoying every word. It's a deep, rich book which can calm your heart and feed your soul. Something not to read too quickly. Savor it. Let it soak in.
I am concurrently reading the biography of Fr. Seraphim Rose: FATHER SERAPHIM ROSE, His Life and Works, also by Hieromonk Damascene. I'd also highly recommend that book. Fr. Rose's extensive study of Chinese philosophy is at the root of this current text. His personal journey through his studies of Tao towards Orthodox Christianity is fascinating and very encouraging for our times. Many Westerners are turning towards things Eastern these days. Perhaps if we looked again at the gentle "Eastern" ways of Jesus, we'd purify our own Faith and become better "fishers of men" in the process.
For those who want a teaser into this book, [...] has a podcast of the same title. The actual book, however, presents greater depth and breadth. I keep thinking of the many people to whom I could recommend this title. It is fantastic! It's a gentle, whole-person consideration for how to live out the Christian Life and how to grow spiritually. Christ The Eternal Tao touches the heart, not just the brain. This book redirects us to things Jesus said which are gently powerful. He came to Earth in a lowly form to lead us not to popularity or greatness, but to spiritual depth and intimacy with God. A welcome reminder and humbling, timely word.
Heiromonk Damascene provided the Christian world with a gem of a book.