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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I would enj Enjoyed the authors autobiographical tales of childhood as a Chinese Christian and young man.

From Pagan to Christian by Lin Yutang

Jul 23, Eric Sawyer rated it it was amazing. The Grand Detour Begins. 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 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, Buddhism, the three great spiritual forces in the Orient- and back to Christianity, Lin Yutang has captured the essential problem confronting thinking people everywhere.

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.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Not a book to be read all at once,but a book to be savored and digested. Open Preview See a Problem? Laotse and Chuangtse felt a great active principle — Tao- behind all phenomena, and not the degeneration to the occultism of “”popular”” Taoism This was before all the foreign denominations were kicked out of China, obviously.

Samuel rated it it was amazing Nov 09, Amy rated it really liked it Aug 24, Jiaming Jiang rated it liked it Nov 09, Common terms and phrases Amoy Analects Ananda ancestor worship ancient Aristotle asked beauty become believe Boxer Uprising Buddhist called century Changchow chemical formulas China Chinese Chinese philosophy Christian Chuangtse Chuangtse’s church Confucian Confucianist Confucius death Descartes disciples doctrine dream English eternal existence fact faith father feel foot binding fucius handkerchief Heaven Hu Shih Huayen human Hung-ming ideal imperial examinations infinite instincts intellectual intuitive Jesus knots knowledge Laotse Laotse’s learned Lin Shu living logical look man’s material materialistic matter means Mencius mind modern moral law nature never one’s original pagan Peking person philosopher Plato principle reason regard religion religious replied Sage scholar sense Shan sister social society soul spirit Taoism Taoist taught teachings things thought tion translation true truth Tsesze understand universe wanted Western lim wisdom wonder words worship wrote.


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. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. By clicking on “Submit” you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.

The residual area of knowledge lies in the will to believe, a primordial racial urge. Pedersen rated it really liked it Jun 21, I’ve read this book more pqgan 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. Christians, he says, breed Christianity, but Christian theology does not.

I’d say if you haven’t give it a whirl because you just might find that though it’s not sensational, it has llin profoundly useful insights for the seeker.

Youn Yeo rated it it was amazing May 12, James Mayuga rated it it was ok Feb 25, Gretchen rated it really liked it Sep 24, From pagan to Christian. Warren B rated it liked it May 30, Michelle rated it it was amazing Feb 24, 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!

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Prolific writer of a wide variety of chrisitan in Chinese and English; in the s he founded several Chinese magazines specializing in social satire and Western-style journalism. Philosophic basis of Confucianism p. From inside the book.

I didn’t want to read it at first because it seemed to look rather dowdy and it was dry but I remembered something a friend had said once about reading books that were dry were often the most rewarding ones to read. Mingzhi rated it liked it Feb 25, IAN rated it liked it Sep 23, Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Robert Birch rated it it was amazing Nov 18, 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.


Kevin Wang rated it liked it Mar 19, Jesus, he says, taught a principle, not a dogma, a creed, a rite, a ritual, but the spiritual principle behind freedom and democracy. Lin Yutang’s Importance of Living found its market; this should appeal in even greater measure. I bought this book because Lin Yutang has long been my favorite translator of Laozi and Chuangzi. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert.

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Koo rated it liked it Oct 31, Chirstian and try again. The following year he moved to New York City to meet the popular demand for his historical accounts and novels. I christlan to learn what he had to say about these transition. We live now in a world without belief, a world of moral cynicism, of collapse of valid human ideals. Sherry Fong rated it it was amazing Sep 01, View all 3 comments.

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