Christianity and Confucianism: Traditions in Dialogue (Hardback)Christopher Hancock (author)
Hardback 240 Pages / Published: 20/09/2011
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An introduction to major points of contrast and comparison between the Christian and Confucian traditions. "Christianity & Confucianism: Traditions in Dialogue" is an historical and thematic introduction to major points of contrast and comparison between the Christian and Confucian traditions. As such, the book contributes to global inter-religious dialog and provides a resource for Chinese/Confucian understanding of Christianity and Christian/Western understanding of Confucianism. The rapid growth of Christianity and official re-accreditation of Confucianism in China (and in Confucius Institutes world-wide) create a vibrant context for critical reflection on the essential character, social function and relative merit of two great intellectual, philosophical, cultural and spiritual traditions.Western societies and intellectuals remain largely ill-informed of Confucian thought, while many Chinese scholars show interest in the intellectual, cultural and moral qualities of Christianity. Specialist, discrete studies in Christianity and Confucianism abound; far fewer studies attempt to provide resources for more general appreciation of and critical comparison between, Christianity and Confucianism.Designed for the general reader and the student, "Christianity & Confucianism: Traditions in Dialogue" suggests that both Christianity and Confucianism commend wisdom, carefully regulated relationships, the value of tradition, the need for government with integrity, ecological responsibility, and a respect for life. However, the two traditions propose quite different understandings of reality, God, failure, justice and death. When so many people today are still drawn to Christianity and Confucianism, encouraging dialog between the traditions seems judicious and a contribution to that dialog wise.
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Number of pages: 240
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
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