This is the thoughtful analysis of a philosopher’s passage from Christianity- in which he was raised as a boy- to the Eastern heritage of Confucianism, Taoism. Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. From pagan to Christian / Lin Yutang Lin, Yutang, philosopher’s passage from the Chinese heritage of Confucianism and Buddhism to Christianity.
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Epicure of Literature rated it really liked it Jul 22, Not a book to be read all at once,but a book to be savored and digested. Kevin Wang rated it liked it Mar 19, Trivia About From Pagan to Chr Jan 10, Joel rated it liked it Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Lin, the son of a Chinese Presbyterian minister, christixn educated for the ministry but renounced Christianity in his early 20s and became a professor of English.
He traveled to the United States and Europe for advanced study; on Prolific writer of a wide variety of works in Chinese and English; in the s he founded several Chinese magazines specializing in social satire and Western-style journalism. I didn’t want to read it at first because it seemed to look rather dowdy and it was dry but I remembered something a friend had said once about reading books that were dry were often the most rewarding ones to read.
European philosophies and doctrinal forms brought materialism into focus, and Lin Yutang proclaims himself against any religion submerged in other worldliness and feels the tools of reasoning irrelevant in the moral realm, despite Descartes and the scholastics.
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Although he is not explicit in the reasons for his re-conversion, one is able to follow his thinking and understand how he arrives back with Christianity. Each week, christiqn editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.
This was before all the foreign denominations were kicked out of China, obviously. Laotse and Chuangtse felt a great active principle — Tao- behind all phenomena, and not the degeneration to the occultism of “”popular”” Taoism The residual area of knowledge lies in the will to believe, a primordial racial urge.
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There was a problem adding your email address. Jesus, he says, taught a principle, not a dogma, a creed, a rite, a ritual, but the spiritual principle behind freedom and democracy. The section on Darwinism seems somewhat misguided and shallow, and while the sentiment behind his reconversion to “Jesus-ism” one hesitates to call in Christianity, insofar as that would require various creeds is warm and convincing, how he ends up a Presbyterian of all things! From Pagan to Christian by Lin Yutang. Lin Yutang’s Importance of Living found its market; this should appeal in even greater measure.
He gives a strong challenge to so many thinkers and so on pagaj so forth. View all 3 comments. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. To see what your friends thought of this book, please lun up. Enjoyed the authors autobiographical tales of childhood as a Chinese Christian and young man.
Worship is of less importance than service. He traveled to the United States and Europe for advanced study; on his return to China, he taught, edited several English-language journals, and contributed essays to Chinese literary magazines. No trivia or quizzes yet. Common terms and phrases Amoy Analects Ananda ancestor worship ancient Aristotle asked beauty become believe Boxer Uprising Buddhist called century Changchow chemical formulas China Chinese Chinese philosophy Christian Chuangtse Chuangtse’s church Confucian Confucianist Confucius death Descartes disciples doctrine dream English eternal existence fact faith father feel foot binding fucius handkerchief Heaven Hu Shih Huayen human Hung-ming ideal imperial examinations infinite instincts intellectual frrom Jesus knots knowledge Laotse Laotse’s learned Lin Shu living logical look man’s material materialistic uytang means Mencius mind modern moral law nature never one’s original pagan Peking person philosopher Plato principle reason regard religion religious replied Sage scholar sense Shan sister social society soul spirit Taoism Taoist taught teachings things thought tion translation true truth Tsesze understand universe wanted Western whole wisdom wonder words worship wrote.
Thoughtful analysis for the general reader of a philosopher’s passage from the Chinese heritage of Confucianism and Buddhism to Christianity.
My library Help Advanced Book Search. Pedersen rated it really liked it Jun 21, Mingzhi rated it liked it Feb 25, I bought this book because Lin Yutang has long been my favorite translator of Laozi and Chuangzi.
Estela rated it liked it May 17, He’s a master of not only writing but poetry and research and certainly one the finest authors I’ve read.
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Robert Birch rated it it was amazing Nov 18, In the teachings of Jesus is the power and clarity of light without the self-limitations of Confucious, the intellectual analysis of Buddha, the mysticism of Chaungtse From pagan to Christian. This was before all the foreign denominations were kicked out of Chin Really enjoying this.
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From pagan to Christian Yutang Lin Snippet view – Woo Paul rated it liked it Oct 12, There does seem to be a reaction among reviewers which reads more like an attempt to pigeon hole fro true master of literature who not only read the people he quotes, though perhaps a little sketchy and incorrect on some paban — what is here is one man’s spiritual journey oagan and ou I’ve read this book yufang than once and with each fresh read gained deeper and deeper insights and in fact it’s become a good reference with wonderfully expressed and carefully thought out sequence of events and ideas.
Rick rated it it was amazing Aug 07, Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. I would enjoy reading his translations of classical Chinese texts. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In addition to writing books on Chinese history and philosophy, he made highly acclaimed English translations of Chinese literary masterpieces, such as Famous Chinese Short Stories Retold Lists with This Book.
It was widely translated and for years was regarded as a standard text on China. He defines himself at this point a pagan, believing in the principle of God, accepting the fact that the realm of knowledge and moral values can never be scientifically proved.