College Of Arts And Sciences | When the Dragon Meets the West
S103 | 0215 | Luo, C.


This course focuses on the encounter of indigenous Chinese religions,
including Confucianism and Taoism, with the foreign religions from
the West: Buddhism and Christianity. Indian Buddhism began to
penetrate China in the early centuries of the first millennium and
Christianity arrived with the Jesuits in the 16th century. Both
brought with them ideologies that were antithetical to the Chinese
worldview. Both stirred up political controversies and religious
debates, before they gradually became accommodated into Chinese
religions. The conflicts reveal the essential and indispensable
elements of Chinese religions, as well as the fundamental differences
between the religions of China and the west. As the confrontation
eventually led to mutual accommodations, it also provides us with
important examples of religious discourses and integration.