Confucianism and Christianity (Paperback)

A Comparative Study of Jen and Agape

By Xinzhong Yao

Sussex Academic Press, 9781898723769, 252pp.

Publication Date: December 1, 1997

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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.

Praise For Confucianism and Christianity: A Comparative Study of Jen and Agape

“This deeply thoughtful and charitable book is a valuable contribution to the dialogue among religions.”  —Expository Times

“For its many genuine insights into both similarities and differences between these two religions, this is a useful work.”  —Choice

 “A careful and sensitive comparison of Christian agape and Confucian jen.”  —Peter Baelz, Emeritus Dean of Durham and formerly Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, University of Oxford

“This book has opened a new horizon in the comparative study of religion.”  —Prof. D. P. Davies, pro vice-chancellor, University of Wales–Lampeter