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Confucian Ideas Of The Object Of Salvation In Christianity: Created Humanity And Its Status

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This chapter examines the Confucian understanding of the object of salvation, i.e., humanity and its status of existence, which concerns mainly ontology, anthropology and the religious goals. The Confucian understanding of the Christian doctrine of creation are analyzed mainly according to the thesis that the object of salvation is human beings who are created by God and who are an important part of the whole creation. The chapter discusses about how the Confucian ontology and anthropology influence the discussion of salvation in the Confucian-Christian dialogue. It explores the status of human beings in order to explain why human beings need to be saved and what is the religious goal of this salvation. In Christian terms "salvation" can be viewed as having three distinguishable aspects such as faith and its relationship with God sets human beings apart from the natural tendencies of the world for holy living.

Keywords: Christian doctrine; Confucian ontology; faith; Heaven; humanity; salvation



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