Confucianism and Christianity: A Comparative Study of Jen and Agape

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Sussex Academic Press, 1996 - Religion - 264 pages
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The underlying idea presented in this book is that there are similarities as well as differences between Confucianism as Humanistic tradition and Christianity as a theocentric religion, and that these similarities and differences are mutually involved and delicately related with each other: while AGAPE can be translated in English as "love", it is in fact more than love, in that it defines the relationship between Christians and their God, and between Christians and their neighbors: while JEN in chinese is not the translation of "love", it is in fact essentially love, both ethical and religious, in that it defines the relationship between Confucians and their transcendantal pursuit, between Confucians and their ideal, and between Confucians and their fellow human beings.

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human love comes from God's love. human love has to wait God's initiation.

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Xinzhong Yao is a professor of Chinese religion at King’s College. He is the author of several books, including Religious Experience in Contemporary China.

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