The Comparison of Confucian Benevolence and Christian Love

Lei MA


Benevolence and love are the core concepts and the fundamental principles of Confucianism and Christianity respectively, which are two different types of spirit. Confucianism emphasizes benevolence, which renders it a human-centred religion, whereas Christian values love, which makes it a God-centred religion. Yet there are both differences and similarities between them. They both reflect the deepest concerns of human value on the one hand; on the other hand they provide different ways of self-perfection and transcendence.


Confucianism; Christian; Benevolence; Love

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