A Theological Qua Cultural Movement in Contemporary China
Edited By Pan-chiu Lai and Jason Lam
Messianic Predestination in Romans 8 and Classical Confucianism 179
Messianic Predestination in Romans 8 and Classical Confucianism YEO Khiok-khng This experimental essay seeks to use an inter-subjective hermeneutic to read the texts of Paul and Confucius intertextually. The reading is concerned with crossing borders and fusing horizons in cross-cultural interpretation. The paper will read Paul’s messianic (Christological) predestination language using the lens of the Confucian millennial understanding of Datong (Great Togetherness). It will also read Paul’s eschatology in tension with Confucius’ political and moral philosophy of recovering the golden age, namely the Zhou dynasty.1 The hope is that a more responsible and creative reading can become a viable option for how we understand human history, time, salvation, and the role of human beings in God’s redemption of the whole creation. Intersubjectivity of Cross-cultural Interpretation 2 An intersubjective reading assumes a rhetorical-hermeneutical reading process that is interactive and persuasive in its communication. In Rhetorical Interaction in 1 Corinthians 8 and 10, I allotted a considerable amount of space to spelling out the significance and process of an interactive model in biblical reading and cross-cultural hermeneutics based on rhetorical theories.3 The rhetorical inter- action among text, writer, and reader is based on rhetorical and literary theories which are less intentional and articulate in noting the significance of multi- textual influence, the subjectivity of a text and its reader as well as laying out a two-way reading process. 1 Unless otherwise noted, all translations of Confucian classics and Romans in this paper are the author’s. 2 On the survey of contemporary methods...
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