The underlying idea presented in this book is that there are similarities as well as differences between Confucianism as Humanistic tradition and Christianity as a theocentric religion, and that these similarities and differences are mutually involved and delicately related with each other: while AGAPE can be translated in English as "love", it is in fact more than love, in that it defines the relationship between Christians and their God, and between Christians and their neighbors: while JEN in chinese is not the translation of "love", it is in fact essentially love, both ethical and religious, in that it defines the relationship between Confucians and their transcendantal pursuit, between Confucians and their ideal, and between Confucians and their fellow human beings.
"This deeply thoughtful and charitable book is a valuable contribution to the dialogue among religions." -- The Expository Times. "For its many genuine insights into both similarities and differences between these two religions, this is a useful work." -- Choice. "A careful and sensitive comparison of Christian agape and Confucian jen." -- Peter Baelz, Emeritus Dean of Durham and formerly Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology, University of Oxford. "This book has opened a new horizon in the comparative study of religion." -- Prof. D. P. Davies, Pro Vice-Chancellor, University of Wales, Lampeter.
Contents: Preface; A Survey of the Historical Development of Religion in Ancient Egypt; Introduction; The Predynastic and Early Dynastic Communities; The Predynastic societies; The Dynastic Race; The political and social organisation of the Naqada II communities; The Unification of Egypt; The political organisation of the Early Dynastic period; Religious beliefs and practices during the Predynastic and Early Dynastic Periods; The contribution of the Archaic Period; The Old Kingdom; Organisation of the society; Religious organisation; Cosmogonies; The cult of Re; The Wisdom Literature; The funerary beliefs and customs of the Old Kingdom; The Pyramid Texts; The tombs of the nobility; Tomb art -- the underlying principles; The decline of the Old Kingdom; The First Intermediate Period and the; Middle Kingdom; Collapse of the society; Restoration of political order; The Middle Kingdom; Religious developments in Dynasties 11 and 12; Royal funerary monuments of Dynasties 11 and 12; The royal jewellery of the Middle Kingdom; A pyramid workmen's village; Osiris and the democratisation of funerary beliefs; The tombs of the nobles during the First Intermediate; Period and the Middle Kingdom; Tomb equipment and furniture; The New Kingdom; The period of Hyksos rule; The role of Amen-Re (Amun); The Egyptian temple; The priesthood; The role of religion in education; The role of religion in the law; The role of religion in medicine; Household gods and personal piety; The relationship between Egyptian and foreign cults and deities; Funerary beliefs and practices in the New Kingdom; The court of Amenophis III; History of the Aten; Aspects of Atenism; The counter-revolution; Some Contributions made by Egyptian Religion to other Religions; Index.