Confucianism and Christianity are the foundation of Chinese and Western culture. The father-son relation is at the centre of Confucian thinking and the ethical natural relationship is the model for other familial, social and political relationships. The divine father-son relationship between God and Jesus is also at the centre of Christian consideration and likewise is the model of Christian familial, social and political relationships. The particular appeal of this book is to offer a religious and cultural comparative study from this most cardinal and crucial relationship. To date, scholarship has opined that the Confucian father-son relationship established on a consanguineous basis has no comparable aspects with the spiritual based Christian divine father-son relationship. The author provides a compelling argument, backed up by close scriptural and religious readings, to overturn this longstanding perception.
Yanxia Zhao (PhD) is a Teaching Fellow in Chinese Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter. Her teaching areas include Chinese culture, philosophy and religion. She has published a number of books in Chinese and is working on philosophical implications of traditional Chinese ethics.
Introduction - The Relationship at the Centre of Confucian Thinking and Christian Ethics; The Origin of Xunzi's Secular Father-Son Relationship; Sources and Background of the Pauline Divine Father-Son Relationship; Classification of the Father-Son Relationship; The Pauline Ethical Divine Father-Son Relationship; Xunzi's Ethical Father-Son Relationship; Ethical Issues Concerning the Father-Son Relationship; Conclusion; Glossary; Index.