The Christian Conquest Of Asia; Studies And Personal Observations Of Oriental Religions Being The…

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byJohn Henry Barrows

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII CONFUCIANISM AND THE AWAKENING OF CHINA In passing to-day from Hinduism to Confucianism, we reach a new area in the Asiatic mind. Going from the banks of the Ganges to the shores of the YangtseKiang, we leave the realms of imagination and enchantment for those of commonplace and of prose; we leave a people who are profound in philosophy and affluent in fancy, for a race which has a history and believes in history, for a nation strong in social economics, in useful inventions and the practical applications of knowledge. In speaking of Confucianism, we are to speak of a civilization which is inveterate in its ideas, plodding, utilitarian, practical, immobile, persistent; a civilization that dwells in the past and worships the past, which is rational and workaday, and gives us the most remarkable illustrations in history of arrested development. China may be properly described as "an old man still lying in his cradle." We are in the habit of eulogizing the Sunrise Kingdom of Japan, and of contrasting with it the sunset splendors of the Celestial Empire; but the Japanese, with all their quickness and mobility, with their splendid aptitudes for science and progress, are in many respects inferior to the more intellectual, more persistent, and more creative minds of their Chinese enemies. Confucianism moulded to a degree the military literati of Japan, but it has been said that " while the Japanese for a thousand years only repeated and recited, merely talking aloud in their intellectual sleep, but not reflecting, Chiua was awake and thinking hard." One cannot even skirt the coasts of China, touch for a few hours at the great port cities, look into the multitudinous streets and alleys of Shanghai, or see the swarms who live and toil and die in the bo...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER VII CONFUCIANISM AND THE AWAKENING OF CHINA In passing to-day from Hinduism to Confucianism, we reach a new area in th...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:76 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.16 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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