Albert Wu (Paris)
In the nineteenth century, German missionaries sought to uproot Confucianism, aiming to plant Christianity in its place. By 1965, Protestant and Catholic churches renounced their nineteenth-century antagonism towards Confucianism as a “corruption of Christian witness.” In this talk, I examine how German missionaries and theologians began to re-think, and in some cases, renounce, the religious convictions that they once held. Chinese Christians were crucial partners in pushing missionaries to revise their approach to Confucianism, arguing that Christianity's global survival hinged on the synthesis of Christianity and Confucianism. As a result, missionaries began to re-consider their previous claims of Christian superiority. The missionary encounter with China, I argue, helped to usher in a new secular age.
Professor Wu joined the American University of Paris in Fall 2013 after completing his PhD at the University of California, Berkeley. His first book, From Christ to Confucius: German Missionaries, Chinese Christians, and the Globalization of Christianity, 1860-1950 was published by Yale University Press in November 2016.
Personal Website: https://www.aup.edu/profile/awu
04.05.2017 | 18:00 c.t.