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Tao of Jesus, The

Product no.: 0-8091-3764-X
Lines up statements from Jesus alongside statements from Taoism, and compares them, commenting on their similarities and differences.

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This is a gem of a little book tailored to the furtherance of acceptance and inclusivity sourced in mutual respect and vital to the survival of the multicultural and shrinking “global village” in which we live.

"This edifying paperback by an associate professor in the Theology and Religious Studies Department at Villanova University, an expert on Chinese philosophy, and a Taoist priest draws out the parallels between the words of Jesus and those of Lao Tzu and his creative interpreter and popularizer Chuang Tzu. The intent is to 'deepen one's understanding of God, clarify one's faith perspective, and enhance one's spirituality.'

Jesus and Lao Tzu both use water and light imagery to speak of divine superabundance. They emphasize the importance of compassionate, undiscriminating love as crucial in spiritual growth. Both of them repudiate power and advocate the cultivation of meekness and humility. The law of retaliation is rejected by the man from Nazareth and the Chinese sage; they stand behind the practice of nonviolence. Taoism and Christianity proclaim the value of disinterested virtue — the good person's ego is erased leaving 'a tracelessness' behind in the wake of loving acts."     ~Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat


The seminal point of resonance between Christian theology and Oriental cosmological thinking: "What must be kept in mind is that, for both Taoist and Christian thought, the innermost essence of the Tao, like that of God, remains hidden to human beings."

Author Loya, Joseph
Coauthor Ho, Wan-Li
Coauthor Jih, Chang-Shin
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 185 pp.
Publisher Paulist Press 1998
Browse these categories as well: The Taoist Canon, Mystic and Esoteric Christianity, Eastern Orthodox Christianity, Syncretism and the Perennial Philosophy

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