Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Natural Law and the Chinese Sages

The ancient Chinese idea that "Man has received from heaven a nature innately good, to guide him in all his movements," says MercatorNet's Zac Alstin, "rather neatly parallel the Judeo-Christian perspective in which human beings were created good by God, but have gone awry from the created order through disobedience to God’s will" — It’s only natural.

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

CS Lewis wrote about this in his book Abolition of Man. A very good read -- he links the Chinese idea of the Tao with the western idea of natural law.

May 23, 2012 at 2:05 PM  
Blogger Pints in NYC said...

Claes G. Ryn, a leading conservative scholar who has worked to bridge East and West, is worth checking out on this point also.

May 23, 2012 at 10:31 PM  
Blogger Procopius said...

However, Zac does not seem to understand how Chinese ideograms actually work. He treats the components of the characters as etymological, which they are not. At least not in 90% of cases.

May 24, 2012 at 8:04 AM  

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