A Response to Peter C. Phan

Robin R. Wang

in Catholicism and Interreligious Dialogue

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199827879
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919451 | DOI:
A Response to Peter C. Phan

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This chapter presents comments on the previous chapter’s discussion. Picking up on the chapter’s invitation to discuss the meaning of being human this chapter cites a number of classic Confucian texts to suggest several ways to pursue the dialogue. But it also notes that Confucian texts suggest that any explicit effort to articulate dimensions of transcendence is kept at a distance, preferring to focus on how one is to live in this life now. The chapter also wonders how a dialogue is possible with a very diverse tradition “for which no one in particular can speak authoritatively.” The chapter states an opinion that seriously doubts that Chinese people think that their rites are only “civil and political,” and asks whether Catholicism is really open to learning from Confucianism.

Keywords: Catholicism; Confucianism; interreligious dialogue; Confucian texts; transcendence; being human

Chapter.  3883 words. 

Subjects: East Asian Religions

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