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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My library Help Advanced Book Search. 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.
Rick rated it it was amazing Aug 07, drom 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. Worship is of less importance than service. Account Options Sign in. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Open Preview See a Problem? Koo rated it liked it Oct 31, No trivia or quizzes yet.
There does seem to be a reaction among reviewers which reads more like an attempt to pigeon hole a true master of literature who not only read the people he quotes, though perhaps a little sketchy and incorrect on some details — what is here is one man’s spiritual journey in and ou I’ve read yutajg book more 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.
The section on Darwinism seems somewhat misguided and shallow, and while xhristian 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!
I’ve read this book more 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.
He came full round to the conviction that only the basic doctrine of Jesus will change it, the revolution of man from within. Philosophic basis of Confucianism p. We live now in a world without belief, a world of moral cynicism, of collapse of valid human ideals.
Epicure of Literature rated it really liked it Jul 22, It was widely translated and for years was regarded as a standard text on China. 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.
View all 3 comments. The section on Gu Hongming is so great Although he is not explicit in the reasons for his I bought this book because Lin Yutang has long been my favorite translator of Laozi and Chuangzi.
Youn Yeo rated it it was amazing May 12, Jiaming Jiang rated it liked it Nov 09, Gretchen rated it really liked it Sep 24, Trivia About From Pagan to Chr The residual area of knowledge lies in the will to believe, a primordial racial urge. Lin, the son of a Yutamg Presbyterian minister, was educated for the ministry but renounced Christianity in his early 20s and became a professor of English.
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In addition to writing books on Yutanv history and philosophy, he made highly acclaimed English translations of Chinese literary masterpieces, such as Famous Chinese Short Stories Retold I would enj Enjoyed the authors autobiographical tales of childhood as a Chinese Christian and young man.
Jul 23, Eric Sawyer rated it it was amazing.
Lin Yutang’s Importance of Living found its market; this should appeal in even greater measure. Want to Read saving…. Sign up here to pagah your FREE alerts. A thoroughly enjoyable writer: 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.
Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Jan 10, Joel rated it liked it Shelves: James Mayuga rated it it was ok Feb 25, This was before all the foreign denominations were kicked out of China, obviously.
From pagan to Christian Yutang Lin Snippet view – 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 He gives a strong challenge to so many thinkers and so on and so forth.
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Samuel rated it it was amazing Nov 09, Jade rated it it was amazing Oct 27, The quality of learning, like the kingdom of God, is within you, andit must come from the inside of your mind.