Though the Christian faith is believed to have reached the shores of China way back in the 8th century, it is still generally perceived as a foreign or Western religion to many Cultural Chinese.
How does this perception of Christianity as a foreign approach to spirituality advance or hinder our mission of making Cultural Chinese disciples of Christ? Has this negative reputation of the Christian faith changed today among Mainland Chinese? While the church in China has grown exponentially in the last few decades, the question still remains – can we find common ground between the Christian faith and the Chinese culture? What about Diaspora Chinese globally? Is it truly the case that Jesus and his teachings are alien to the Cultural Chinese mind?
This book seeks to present the Gospel in a way that seamlessly corresponds with Confucius’s ideals for humanity but with a realistic solution. This means a Cultural Chinese can be a follower of Christ without having to shed his ethnic identity. In fact, by choosing the path of Jesus, the uniqueness of one’s culture and ethnicity is affirmed, as the Lord of Heaven is the Creator of all. There will be no identity dilemma — one can be a Chinese and a Christian with honor.
1. Introduction: Why You're Talking But We're Not Hearing
2. Rethinking the Good News
3. Religion of the Way: Daoism
4. Religion of the Learned: Confucianism
5. Religion of Buddha
6. Confucius's Utopia
7. Yahweh's Shalom
8. Jesus: The Noble Path to Human Flourishing
“Jesus: The Path to Human Flourishing does us an enormous service. China is expanding its vision as a global citizen and its people are increasingly settling throughout the world. Those of us who love the gospel of Christ and love all things Chinese — and I am certainly one — have been desperate for a single volume that can expertly guide us through the rich moral and spiritual history of Chinese thought, and then show us how the story of Scripture, from Creation, to Fall, to the ultimate harmony of God’s kingdom, both challenges and fulfils the longings of the Chinese heart. As someone serving in a city, and a local church, blessed with a growing Chinese population, I am very grateful to I’Ching Thomas for the years of work evident in this book.”
— Rev Dr John Dickson (Ph.D.), Author, historian, Founding Director of the Centre for Public Christianity, and Rector of St Andrew’s Roseville (Sydney)