Contemporary Chinese Christians seek a new way of becoming authentically Chinese Christians. Christians in Chinese Confucian cultural context have experienced a tension of being both authentically Chinese and Christian. Through the practical theological method by following theology of inculturation, this dissertation aims to find a new way of being authentically Chinese and Christian. Confucianism offers a way of being authentically Chinese person who is a Junzi. Becoming Junzi is the first crucial step for becoming authentically Chinese Christians. Contemporary Catholic theologian Catherine M. LaCugna’s Trinitarian theological insight delineates a model of becoming an authentically Christian who is a Trinitarian Christian. By valuing both Chinese Confucian traditional teachings about being Junzi and Christian teachings about being Trinitarian Christian, this dissertation helps contemporary Chinese Christians to bridge the tension of being both authentically Chinese and Christian, and to find a new way of becoming both authentically Chinese and authentic Christian. This new way of being a Chinese Christian is defined in this work as a Trinitarian Junzi.
Becoming a Trinitarian Junzi is a new way of being Chinese as well as being Christian in the Chinese context. The concept creates an understanding for Chinese people to participate in the life of the Triune God; it also reminds Christians to cherish the values of all of God’s people and creations. Becoming a Trinitarian Junzi opens the horizon and vision of being Chinese in the light of Christianity; it also offers inspiration and imagination about being Christian in a new way through dialoguing with every local culture and beyond.
|Advisor:||Whapham, Theodore J.|
|Commitee:||Chen, Johannes Binshan, Stovell, Beth|
|School:||St. Thomas University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-A 74/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Cultural anthropology, Asian Studies, Theology|
|Keywords:||Authentic Chinese Christian, China, Confucianism, Junzi (gentleperson), Trinitarian Christians, Trinitarian Junzi, Trinitarian theology|
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