What has Christian Theology to do with Chinese Philosophy?

Speaker(s): Yonghua Ge
Date: Summer 2016
Length: 1h 20m
Product ID: RGDL4602N

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The Judeo-Christian doctrine of creatio ex nihilo offers a unique view of reality, in which God, the transcendent Creator who has brought all things into being, is nonetheless profoundly immanent to creatures. Can similar strands of thought be found in Chinese philosophy? In this lecture, by critically examining a prominent scholar's work in this field, Yonghua Ge will argue that the Daoist vision of reality is perhaps closer to Neoplatonic emanation than to creatio ex nihilo. This means that not only can there be constructive dialogues between Christian and Chinese thoughts, but interactions between the two can be mutually beneficial.

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Dr. Yonghua Ge joined Regent College in August 2015 as Post-Doctoral Fellow in Theology for the period 2015-2018. Most recently, Dr. Ge has been engaged in a postdoctoral research project on the relationship between the Christian doctrine of creation and ancient Chinese ontology at the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at Cambridge University in England. A native of China, Yonghua Ge studied physics as an undergraduate at Fudan University and began graduate work in physics at the University of Toledo in the United States. He worked as a teacher of science and English before enrolling as a student at Regent College. In 2011, he graduated from Regent with a Master of Christian Studies degree, writing a thesis on creatio ex nihilo and Thomas Aquinas under Professors John G. Stackhouse and Loren Wilkinson. After earning the MPhil degree at Cambridge University, he continued this line of research on the doctrine of creation in a PhD thesis supervised by Professor Janet Martin Soskice (who is also a graduate of Regent College). Completed in January 2015, Dr. Ge's dissertation was titled 'The Many and the One: The Metaphysics of Participation in Connection to creatio ex nihilo in Augustine and Aquinas.'.

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