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The Greek "λογος" or Logos means "the word", but from its use in the Gospel of John, it has come to be understood as another name of Jesus Christ, which defines his nature. See Christology. Some translations of the Gospel of John into Chinese have used the word "Tao" to translate the word "Logos" into that language.
The Stoics understood Logos as the animating power of the universe, which further influenced how this word was understood.
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