The Spirit of Chinese Culture

The Spirit of Chinese Culture

The Spirit of Chinese Culture

The Spirit of Chinese Culture

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I am sending forth this series of Hewett Lectures delivered in 1946 chiefly because so many people who heard them at Andover-Newton Theological School, Newton Centre, Massachusetts, the Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Massachusetts and Union Theological Seminary, New York, have expressed their desire to see them in print. This may mean that there are others who are interested in the subject.

It is needless to say that the subjects I have attempted to cover in the six chapters are so broad and in many ways so complicated that I had to pick only the salient points for my treatment. As far as possible I have avoided technical and most of the controversial issues which are dealt with in some of my other writings. What is presented in this book represents at least the point of view of one Chinese student of the philosophy and religions of his own people, after many years of research and reflection. Naturally this point of view may not be that of many Western writers who have treated the same topics. One advantage the present writer has is that he has not only studied the philosophy and religions of his own people, but has actually lived through them and has grown up in the atmosphere of the cultural heritage of the nation.

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