Confucian “Ren” and Christian Love


  • Zhao Jianmin


“Ren” (benevolence, perfect virtue ) is the core of Confucianism, which says “The benevolent man loves others”. But what is the place of Ren in today’s society? The heart of Christianity is “love” __ “The one who loves others is a kind hearted man”. But is “love” being misused in society? In order to create a new spirit for modern society, people should explore their own tradition, which should be combined with the modern values first. Ren and love could work together to achieve this goal. Great civilizations can not only coexist but also work hand in hand to found a harmonious society for every one.

Author Biography

Zhao Jianmin

Beijing Institute for the Study of Christianity and Culture, Bejing, China