Father and Son in Confucianism and Christianity: A Comparative Study of Xunzi and Paul

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Noting that Confucianism and Christianity are the foundation of Chinese and Western culture, this book offers a religious and cultural comparative study from the most cardinal and crucial relationship in Confucian and Christian thought: that of the father and son. The author provides a compelling argument, backed up by close scriptural and religious readings, to overturn the longstanding perception that the Confucian secular father-son relationship established on a consanguineous basis has no comparable aspects ...

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Overview

Noting that Confucianism and Christianity are the foundation of Chinese and Western culture, this book offers a religious and cultural comparative study from the most cardinal and crucial relationship in Confucian and Christian thought: that of the father and son. The author provides a compelling argument, backed up by close scriptural and religious readings, to overturn the longstanding perception that the Confucian secular father-son relationship established on a consanguineous basis has no comparable aspects with the spiritual based Christian divine father–son relationship. In the process, she addresses cultural issues relating to hierarchy, patriarchy, and common values that might bridge the East–West gap in understanding their widely differing political and religious value systems.

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“Zhao gives a very good reading of Xunzi’s main concepts, peppered with short textual references that illuminate a thinker who is too often overlooked or dismissed in favor of others in the Confucian pantheon. Though the focus of the study is on a comparison of Xunzi and Paul, Zhao also brings in Confucius and other key Chinese figures, so the reader gets a clearer understanding of Xunzi within that philosophical tradition. . . . Her close analysis of each is well done and will do much to advance both the project of comparative theology and Chinese philosophy in dialogue with Christianity.”  —Journal of Chinese Religions

“Dr. Zhao’s innovative study seeks to promote intercultural understanding by focusing on the father-son relationship central in both Confucianism and Christianity. By means of a comparative study of Xunzi and the Pauline tradition, she highlights the significance of the ethical dimensions of this relationship in the two traditions, drawing attention to points of similarity and difference. This pioneering study is an excellent contribution between apparently divergent cultural traditions which will stimulate both intercultural dialogue and future research so essential in the contemporary global encounter.”  —William S. Campbell, reader in biblical studies, University of Wales–Lampeter

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781845191610
  • Publisher: Sussex Academic Press
  • Publication date: 12/1/2007
  • Pages: 248

Meet the Author

Yanxia Zhao is a teaching fellow in Chinese studies at the University of Wales–Lampeter. Her teaching areas include Chinese culture, philosophy, and religion and she has published a number of books in Chinese.

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