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Title: Contrast the Differences: A Christian Neo-Confucian Dialogue By Contrasting the Anthropological Views of Karl Barth and Shili Xiong For the Development of Chinese Theological Anthropology
Authors: Chan, Hoi Yan
Advisor: Fensham, Charles
Shen, Vincent
Department: Theology
Keywords: Theological Anthropology
Philosophical Anthropology
Contextual theology
Contemporary Neo-Confucianism
Shili Xiong
Karl Barth
Method of Contrast
Issue Date: 25-Jul-2012
Abstract: The thesis employs the method of contrast of a Chinese scholar Vincent Shen to compare and contrast the anthropologies of Karl Barth and Shili Xiong, with the goal of achieving a constructive inner dialogue made explicit for the development of a contextual Chinese theological anthropology. When the anthropologies of Barth and Xiong are put side by side for contrast, their views are clearly different from each other. However, in the inner dialogue, it is found that the perspectives of Barth and Xiong are not absolutely contradictory. It appears that Barth and Xiong shared several similarities in their observations of some phenomena of humanity, though they adopted different perspectives to interpret these phenomena. As Barth and Xiong are so different from each other on their cultural and academic backgrounds, it is interesting that they do come to similar observation on the phenomena of humanity, yet it is also argued that parallels should not be easily drawn. Besides, it is found that a state of ‘in-between’ seems to be a significant phenomenon in various aspects of human life and it could also be an important implication of Chinese theological anthropology. Besides, it is suggested that the method of contrast is a good method to deal with the tension in the study of Chinese theological anthropology; it also draws significant implications for the study of contextual theology and even ecumenical/interfaith dialogue.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/32582
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