A Study on John C.H. Wu’s Chinese Philosophy and Christian Spirituality
Vu, Minh -Tri
This article discusses how John C.H. Wu blends harmoniously between the thoughts of early Qin dynasty Chinese Confucianism/Taoism and the spirituality of Christianity. It starts from the description of John C.H. Wu’s life course, which is the process of the growth of his faith in which among them stands out the development of the three stages of his spirituality. However, the cause of his life’s turning point is his understanding of St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s spirituality.
Then in order to decipher John C.H. Wu’s main concepts of Chinese early Qin dynasty Chinese Confucianism/Taoism, the Confucianism concepts such as “heaven,” “human nature,” “filial duty,” “joy”, as well as Taoism concepts of “Tao,” “attain enlightenment of holy people,” “life death wisdom”, etc. are systematized. Finally, a discussion of how John C.H. Wu uses the core concepts of Chinese and Western two great spiritual traditions undertake dialogue and harmonious blending, as well as how these two traditional thoughts can be described and contrasted. Thus, we can discover that in the thoughts and experience of John C.H. Wu, no matter it is Chinese or Western cultural exchange, philosophical inquiry, or religious experience, there appears in his “individualized fusion” that makes his life course much richer and fuller.
During the time of John C.H. Wu, he confronted Chinese traditional culture as receiving shocks from Western culture. From his own experience he proposed the exchange of Chinese and Western cultural thoughts. However, after the fusion of different cultures, is it able to lose each culture, religion or thinkers’ characteristics? John C.H. Wu’s thoughts can see very clearly that wishing to attain the realm of Chinese and Western fusion must transcend the Chinese and Western realm, in which the fusion possesses the sense of process, relationship, individual, or culture, religion, thought, and the way of self enrichment.
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