A Theological Qua Cultural Movement in Contemporary China
Edited By Pan-chiu Lai and Jason Lam
Sino-Christian Theology: The Unfolding of “Dao” in the Chinese Language Context 123
Sino-Christian Theology: The Unfolding of “Dao” in the Chinese Language Context ZHANG Qingxiong (Translated by Fredrik Fällman) This article discusses the reform of Sino-Christian theology 1 from the characteristics of language. First I want to establish my view of language: 1) Language cannot separate itself from the forms of life; language is itself a form of life. As there are many forms of life, there is also a manifold of languages. If one wants to understand a language, one must integrate with the corresponding form of life. 2) The language that is integrated with our form of life is the only language that we can understand. The language of science, the language of philosophy, the language of theology, mathematics and even the formalized artificial languages in the end have their foundation in the everyday language interrelated with our everyday life. 3) Language is not only a means for our description of the world and for explaining ourselves, but is also the frame for our understanding of the world and for organising our thoughts. My question is then: if the above view of language is correct, what kind of proposal for constructing Sino-Christian theology can we then draw forth from it? My conclusion is: language itself is actually “dao”. The Holy Word (shengyan) lives in the human word (renyan), and the Holy Spirit lives in the lives of human beings. There is no such Holy Word or Holy Spirit that is separated from our life. Even if there were, it...
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