For our final episode of this year’s Eerdmans Author Interview Series, we asked executive editor David Bratt to interview Gregg A. Ten Elshof, professor of philosophy at Biola University and director of the Biola University Center for Christian Thought. Discussing his forthcoming book, Confucius for Christians, Ten Elshof clarifies Confucianism and explains why he thinks Western Christians can learn from the Eastern tradition.
This book by Gregg Ten Elshof explores ways of using resources from the Confucian wisdom tradition to inform Christian living. Neither highlighting nor diminishing the differences between Confucianism and Christianity, Ten Elshof reflects on perennial human questions with the teachings of both Jesus and Confucius in mind.
In examining such subjects as family, learning, and ethics, Ten Elshof sets the typical Western worldview against the Confucian worldview and considers how each of them lines up with the teachings of Jesus. Ten Elshof points to much that is deep and helpful in the Confucian tradition, and he shows how reflection on the teachings of Confucius can inspire a deeper and richer understanding of what it really means to live the Jesus way.