Why Christians Need to Read the Tao Te Ching: A New Translation and Commentary on the Tao Te Ching from a Biblical.

Yung Suk Kim

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Synopsis: This book seeks comparative wisdom in the Tao Te Ching and the Bible. For this purpose, the Tao Te Ching is newly translated and commentated from a biblical scholar's perspective. In doing so, this book brings the Tao Te Ching into dialogue with the Bible with a focus on cross-cultural wisdom and ethical mandates in both traditions.

From the Author: The Tao Te Ching (or Dao De Jing) means the book of the Way (Tao) and Virtue (Te); it was written by Lao-tzu from China in the fifth or sixth century BCE -- a time of political and personal chaos due to wars and leaders' greed. Interestingly, the fifth or sixth century BCE has seen great sages or philosophers both in the East and West: Siddhartha Gautama in Northern India, Confucius in China, Socrates in Greece, Jewish prophets in the Hebrew Bible.
     In fact, it is not a small surprise to find remarkable similarities between the Tao Te Ching and the Bible. Among others, a primary teaching in the Bible is to seek God, which means to follow the way of God (the way of heaven). As God is holy, faithful, and merciful, people are asked to live with the same character of God. The way of God is the way of righteousness, love, justice, and peace. Though the Tao Te Ching is not a religious book, it clearly seeks to explore ways that humans should follow: to live like nature, which is the way of heaven. For Lao-tzu, the Way actually permeates everywhere, on earth or in heaven. That is probably like what Jesus teaches how to pray, "Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10).
     Bible readers or Christians need to read the Tao Te Ching. First, the Tao Te Ching teaches that we are very limited and should seek the way of nature. Second, by comparing both traditions, Bible readers or Christians may deepen and expand their understanding about God or the ideal human life in this world. Third, by comparing both traditions, Christians may deconstruct their knowledge or understanding about theological truth. In doing so, they may strengthen or reconstruct their views about truth in a more critical, comparative sense.

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