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« on: August 02, 2012, 12:54:12 PM »

There was a short book called 'Athanasius and the Incarnation' . . .Why do Buddhists believe in "reincarnation" but Athanasius is only point to one definite incarnation of Jesus Christ...
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2012, 01:19:38 PM »

Why do Buddhists believe in "reincarnation" but Athanasius is only point to one definite incarnation of Jesus Christ...

In Upanishadic religions (Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism) "Re-incarnation" refers to rebirth in a new body after death. This is often called the "hell of rebirth" or "samsara", a cycle of re-incarnation, death, and re-incarnation that must be escaped for one to escape suffering.

St. Athanasius is using "incarnation" in the Christian meaning, that is, the birth in-time of the Word of God as a real human being. Christians do not believe in Samsara.
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2012, 01:46:26 PM »

I think I understand...Orthodox Christianity isn't Buddhism.
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2012, 01:50:43 PM »

Greetings in that Divine and Most Precious Name of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

There was a short book called 'Athanasius and the Incarnation' . . .Why do Buddhists believe in "reincarnation" but Athanasius is only point to one definite incarnation of Jesus Christ...

Are you asking why the Incarnation of Jesus Christ was a single event as opposed the the Indian philosophies of the reincarnations of the different avatars and God-men?

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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2012, 03:08:25 PM »

Why do Buddhists believe in "reincarnation" but Athanasius is only point to one definite incarnation of Jesus Christ...
"Re-incarnation" refers to rebirth in a new physical body after death.
Corrected. In Hindu philosophy, there are several bodies with which the innermost soul is associated. The physical body is released at death, but other bodies (like the subtle body, and the causal body) remain associated with the innermost soul. Many Hindu philosophies believe that the innermost soul is always associated with a body (say, the causal body, which is the body closest to the innermost soul).
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2012, 03:19:45 PM »

Incarnation of the Word is same as Divinity in the body/person of human nature?...
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« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2012, 06:13:27 PM »

I'll go with what St. Athanasius taught about the image and deity of Christ...
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