Links between Christianity and Confucianism?

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Confucius and Jesus Christ lived 500 years apart and in two different sides of the World. At first sight one can argue that they didn’t have many things in common, however, at a deeper level multiple connections and links can be found between the two and the ideals of their legacies.

Beijing, Confucius Temple
Beijing, Confucius Temple
Pope Francis prays in front of the Colosseum during the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession celebrated by Pope Francis on Good Friday in Rome, Friday, April 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis

The book “Confucius for Christians” by Dr. Gregg A. Ten Elshof  from Biola University, CA discusses this intriguing topic.

Following is a video interview with the author:

Gregg A Ten Elshop on “Confucius for Christians”

From the Bible:
 “Forget about the wrong things people do to you, and do not try to get even. Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”  Leviticus 19:18

From the Analects:
Zi gong (a disciple of Confucius) asked: “Is there any one word that could guide a person throughout life?”
The Master replied: “How about ‘shu’ [reciprocity]: never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself?”  
Confucius, Analects XV.24, tr. David Hinton

Do you think Confucianism and Christianity have points of commonality?

Let us know what you think in the comment section!

Further readings on the topic:
Confucianism and Christianity
Christianity Confucianism

One thought on “Links between Christianity and Confucianism?

    Professor Lamond David said:
    November 4, 2015 at 2:52 am

    The “golden thread” of “Do unto others …” is well known, albeit Confucian version is “Don’t do unto others … “. The “other side of the coin”, I might say, if that is not mixing too many metaphors. It would be a more convincing connection to quote something from Jesus himself in this regard.


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