Inviting Confucius to church: awareness of the missional strategies in the postmodern EFC
Albany Fu-Jen Lee
In the midst of the challenges the EFC (Evangelical Formosan Churches) are facing, the increasing demand of constructive interreligious dialogue with Confucian cultures offers an opportunity, forty years after its pioneer church was founded in downtown Los Angeles, to reshape and thrive in America, especially within the Confucian Chinese immigrant community. Through the change of evangelical ethos and attitude, the EFC has a pressing opportunity to present the gospel to an audience who believes in a system of social cohesiveness dependent upon personal virtue and self-control. For Confucius and the Confucian Chinese, society's harmony relies upon the appropriate behavior (li) of each individual within the social hierarchy. Confucianism's emphasis on practical ethics has led to a society governed by secular philosophy without the need of religion.
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