A scholarly analysis of Chinese Christianity explaining how it is possible to embrace the Christian faith while maintaining the Chinese identity and culture. Being a Chinese Christian means to adopt a very distinctive and unique identity that feeds both traditions. In this book, Khiok-khng Yeo explores the Analects of Confucius and Paul's Letter to the Galatians, and shows how together they provide the resources for the construction of a Chinese Christian theology. The author explains the common elements between St Paul and Confucius, and how both ideologies complement each other or extend the areas where the other is not so thorough. The Christ of God as found in Paul's letter to the Galatians brings Confucian ethics to its fulfilment, while Confucius' philosophy amplifies many aspects of Christianity that are underplayed in the western churches. Bringing the best of the Confucian tradition into the Christian story, Professor Yeo offers an approach to help revivify global Christianity.
K.K. Yeo is Harry R. Kendall Professor of New Testament at Garrett-Evangelical Seminary, an advisory faculty member of the Graduate School of Northwestern University, and a Visiting Professor of Peking University. He is the author of What Has Jerusalem to Do with Beijing? (1995) and Chairman Mao Meets the Apostle Paul (2002).
Foreword by Vincent Shen. Overture: Identifying with the Life-World of Confucius and Paul. 1. The Textual Worlds of the Analects and the Letter to the Galatians. 2. Theological ethics in a World of Violence. 3. Li and Law, Yue and Music in a World of Ritual and Harmony. 4. To Be Human and To Be Holy in the New World - To Be the People of God. 5. Free to Be Human in a World of Difference. 6. Zhongshu (Loyalty-empathy), Xin (Trust), and Pistis (Faith) in a World of Fear. Epilogue: Implications for the Moral and Theological Identities of Chinese Christians Today.