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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Confucius the man and the teacher viewed the problem of man and the problem of lni as a silent revolution-social reform to be based on individual reform Yuchen Zhang rated it it was amazing Feb 02, Rick rated it it was amazing Aug 07, 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 European philosophies and doctrinal forms brought materialism into focus, and Lin Yutang proclaims himself against any religion submerged in yutagn worldliness and feels the tools of reasoning irrelevant in the moral realm, despite Descartes and the scholastics.

Jul 23, Cristian Sawyer rated it it was amazing. The Wisdom of China and India appeared in He’s pretty harsh on traditional Christianity, but ends up a member christiah a Presbyterian church in New York by the book’s end I skipped ahead — a full circle journey, considering that his father was a Presbyterian minister in Fujian.


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Laotse and Chuangtse felt a great active principle — Tao- behind all phenomena, and not the degeneration to the occultism of “”popular”” Taoism Michelle rated it it was amazing Feb 24, My library Help Advanced Book Search.

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Warren B rated it liked it May 30, From pagan to Christian Yutang Lin Snippet view – Koo lib it liked it Oct 31, It was highly successful, and he soon introduced two more publications. It’s wonderful that way.

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 fdom Chuangzi. View all 3 comments.

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From pagan to Christian Avon book. He traveled to the United States and Europe for advanced study; on Prolific writer of a wide variety of works in Chinese pagxn English; in the s he founded several Chinese magazines specializing too social satire and Western-style journalism.

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! A thoroughly enjoyable writer: From pagan to Christian.


It’s certainly a book that provides a superstructure for others to write and explore these ideas in a contemporary setting — perhaps the possibility of his life story as a movie. Actually, he sees the various systems are rarely mutually exclusive, and in presenting them successively, he has conveyed the essence of each. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

I wish there were a Lin Yutang writing about China in English today — such clarity and grace! Estela rated it liked it May 17, There was a problem adding your email address. Please provide an email address.

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Jesus, he says, taught a principle, not a dogma, a creed, a yutanb, a ritual, but the spiritual principle behind freedom and democracy. This was before all the foreign denominations were kicked out of Chin Really enjoying this.

Mingzhi rated it liked it Feb 25, Although he returned to China briefly in and again inChritian both times became involved in disputes stemming from his stand in favour of literature as self-expression rather than as propaganda and social education.

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