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The distinction between Christian salvation by God and Confucian perfection-seeking by self-cultivation is obvious. This distinction can also be helpful for the dialogue between Christians and Confucians, if one can distinguish the difference between religion and ethics and between justification and sanctification. The basic distinction between Christianity and Confucianism exists in their respective ways of thinking. In order to have peace between Christians and Confucians in China, four perspectives need attention, since they may form obstacles to the Confucian-Christian dialogue. Theologically, the monistic unity between Heaven and humanity is one of the most important features which distinguish Confucianism from Christianity.

Keywords: Christianity; Confucian; Confucian-Christian dialogue



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