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Musing with Confucius and Paul: Toward a Chinese Christian Theology
     

Musing with Confucius and Paul: Toward a Chinese Christian Theology

by K. K. Yeo
 

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The book is a manifesto or apologia for Chinese Christians. It seeks to articulate how it is possible to maintain a Chinese identity and a Christian identity at the same time without capitulating to some western or other cultural model of Christian identity. To be a Chinese Christian is to adopt a distinctive, unique identity that owes much to both traditions but

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The book is a manifesto or apologia for Chinese Christians. It seeks to articulate how it is possible to maintain a Chinese identity and a Christian identity at the same time without capitulating to some western or other cultural model of Christian identity. To be a Chinese Christian is to adopt a distinctive, unique identity that owes much to both traditions but is sui generis. Providing great resources for the construction of a Chinese Christian theology, Confucius and Paul converge across a surprisingly broad front. Yet, the Christ of the Cross completes or extends what is merely implicit or absent in Confucius; and Confucius amplifies various elements of Christian faith (e.g., community, virtues) that are underplayed in western Christianity. The Christ of God as found in Paul's letter to the Galatians brings Confucian ethics in the Analects to its fulfillment while protecting the church from the aberrations of Chinese history and while protecting China against the aberrations of Christian history in the west. Chinese Christianity has something to give the church that needs to be heard. China can develop its distinctive vision of Christianity for the sake of the church universal. Chinese Christianity will have its global mission if it can find its own authentic Chinese-Christian identity. Insofar as that identity brings the best of the Confucian tradition into the Christian story, it will help revivify global Christianity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781556354885
Publisher:
Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date:
07/20/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
510
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

K. K. Yeo is Harry R. Kendall Professor of New Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, an advisory faculty member of the Graduate School of Northwestern University, and a Visiting Professor of Peking University. He is the author of Rhetorical Interaction in 1 Corinthians 8 and 10 (1995), What Has Jerusalem to Do with Beijing? (1998), and Chairman Mao Meets the Apostle Paul (2002). He is also the editor of Navigating Romans through Cultures (2004).

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