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Basic Problems In The Confucian-Christian Dialogue

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This chapter provides an answer to the question concerning how Confucians understand the Christian doctrine of salvation by summarizing the basic problems in the Confucian-Christian dialogue. It summarizes the hidden difference between the ways of thinking of Confucians and Christians. The chapter also summarizes four matters that may easily form obstacles for the Chinese in accepting Christianity. It focuses on some positive enhancements for dialogue. The ultimate aim of (Mengcian Style) Confucian morality is to fully develop the full potentiality of human nature out of the seeds of goodness inherent in each person. The Neo-Confucians and Cultural Nationalist Confucians formed their position on the Christian God based on the idea that Confucianism is superior to all other ideologies. The theological basis of this superiority is the monistic unity between Heaven and humanity in Confucianism.

Keywords: Confucian-Christian dialogue; God; Heaven; humanity



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