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Confucian Ren and Jesus’ Agape as a Basic Virtue toward a More Ecumenical World

Prior, John and Chang, William (2016) Confucian Ren and Jesus’ Agape as a Basic Virtue toward a More Ecumenical World. Journal of Ecumenical Studies, 51 (4). pp. 552-566. ISSN 0022-0558

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Abstract

The equivalence of the Confucian ren and agape in Jesus’ commandment of love is clearly expressed in the fundamental values of humanity, love, the moral virtues, and goodness. These values motivate human beings to live in a more sisterly and brotherly communion. Ren in the Analects signifies to do good, not to disturb or hurt others. Jesus’ agape includes not only the humanist dimension but also a religious and transcendental dimension. However, the similarity between Confucian ren and Jesus’ agape can bridge a sociocultural gap in multicultural societies such as those found in Asia. The following comparative research shows us that Confucian ren and Jesus’ agape are so basic to human virtue that Confucius’s followers and Christians can work together to build a more ecumenical world.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Ren, Agape, Confucian, Christian, Mutual Understanding
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220402 Comparative Religious Studies
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220407 Studies in Religious Traditions (excl. Eastern, Jewish, Christian and Islamic Traditions)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950404 Religion and Society
Type of Activity: Applied Research
Subjects: D - Missiology
A - World Religions
College/Association with University of Divinity: YTU: Yarra Theological Union
Depositing User: Dr John Prior
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2019 05:05
Last Modified: 31 Jan 2019 05:05
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3398

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