An Existential Reading of the Confucian Analects by Andrew Zhonghu Yan

By Andrew Zhonghu Yan

the one so much influential paintings in chinese language historical past is Lunyu, the Confucian Analects. Its impact at the chinese language humans is analogous to that of the bible at the Western global. it truly is neither a tract of prosaic moralism inside the fortune cookies in chinese language eating places nor a guide of political management that prescribes do's and don't's for brand spanking new initiates. A e-book claiming a readership of billions of individuals during the heritage in China and East Asia and now even within the Western international has to be person who has struck a chord within the readers, one that seems to come up from the existential matters that Confucius shared: How can one conquer the egoistic tendency that plagues existence? How does one see the worth of communal life? What can be one's final hindrance in lifestyles? those questions demand a line of inquiry at the Analects that's explicitly existential. An existential studying of the Analects differs from different strains of inquiry in that it not just makes an attempt to bare how the textual content spoke to the unique viewers but additionally to us this present day. it's not just a natural educational workout that appeals to the scholarly minded but in addition an engagement with all who think poignantly approximately existential predicaments. during this existential studying of the Analects, the writer takes Paul Tillich as an omnipresent dialogical companion simply because his existential theology was once at one time very influential within the West and at the moment very hot in chinese language academia. His research of ontological constitution of guy might be utilized to the Analects. This conceptual research finds that that this foundational textual content has 3 organically hooked up degrees of notion, continuing from own cultivation throughout the mediation of the group to the metaphysical point of final fact. Few scholarly makes an attempt like this one were made to bare systematically the interconnectedness of those 3 degrees of inspiration and to the prominence to their theological underpinnings. This existential interpreting of the Analects incorporates with it a theological implication. If one follows the normal department of a scientific theology, one will locate that the Analects has anthropological, moral, and theological dimensions, which correspond to the 3 degrees of recommendations pointed out. If one knows soteriology extra greatly, one will locate the Analects additionally has a soteriological measurement. The Analects issues to the aim of whole concord within which a concord inside oneself, with the society and cosmos are ensured. If one is to build a theology of the Analects, the existential interpreting permits the drawing of convinced contrasts with Paul Tillich's existential theology. The Confucian proposal of straying from the best way differs from the emblem of fall. The Confucian fact of social entanglement differs from the truth of estrangement. The Confucian paradoxical nature of Heaven differs from trinitarian development of God. crucial contribution of this research is that it unearths the spiritual or theological measurement of the Confucian Analects. this can be a huge e-book for these engaged within the examine of the Confucian Analects, together with these in chinese language experiences in addition to comparative theology and religion.

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