Natural Theology Reconfigured: Confucian Axiology and American Pragmatism, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Natural Theology Reconfigured

Confucian Axiology and American Pragmatism, 1st Edition

By Zhiqiu Xu


182 pages

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Classic natural theology in its logical, rational, Aristotelian presentation has encountered an impasse. Since the Enlightenment, nature has ceased to be a vital topic in theological discussions until a recent revival of interest stemming from ecological and feminist concerns. Provocatively transcending boundaries between Philosophy and Theology, ancient and contemporary, East and West, Natural Theology Reconfigured revitalises the validity and relevancy of Natural Theology, a shipwrecked concept in the West, with the aid of Eastern Confucian Axiology and American Pragmatism.


’This extraordinary book … is a vastly important contribution to the evolving global conversation on theological matters. It goes far beyond talk about getting a program for global theology. It is a significant contribution to the conversation itself, an already achieved program that also promotes further development. Professor Xu is an important theologian to watch.’ From the foreword by Robert C. Neville, Boston University, USA ’This is a very mature work for a first book, especially one on as challenging a topic in the present (post-Barthian) climate as natural theology. The scope is impressive, being deeply rooted in the Confucian tradition but making careful and responsible connections to western philosophical and theological traditions while being attentive to differences. The tone is modest, but the achievement far reaching for theological methodology. Global Christian theology is coming of age with Natural Theology Reconfigured!’ Amos Yong, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Need for a New Type of Natural Theology Chapter 2: Review of Relative Literature Chapter 3. The Axiological Nature of Chinese Tradition Chapter 4. Channels of Value Transaction Chapter 5. Questing for Norms in the Value Carryover Process Chapter 6. Towards a Confucian Version of Natural Theology

About the Author

Zhiqiu Xu is Associate Professor of Theology and Chinese Studies at Columbia International University. He was educated in Renmin University, Peking University in Beijing, and Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. His major academic interest includes Christology, Neo-Confucianism and Pragmatism.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Religious
RELIGION / General
RELIGION / Theology