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Catholics and Anti-Catholicism in Choson Korea$
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Don Baker and Franklin Rausch

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780824866266

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824866266.001.0001

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Confucian Criticisms of Catholicism

Confucian Criticisms of Catholicism

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(p.30) Chapter 2 Confucian Criticisms of Catholicism
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Catholics and Anti-Catholicism in Choson Korea
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Don Baker

Franklin Rausch

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824866266.003.0002

This chapter focuses on the Neo-Confucian moral and philosophical foundations for rejecting Catholic beliefs and values as idan, meaning unacceptable. It argues that, in mainstream Neo-Confucian eyes, Catholicism was unacceptable because it was not Chinese and it promoted beliefs that appear to Confucians to be unreasonable. But, more important, Catholicism appeared to focus on such selfish concerns as individual salvation rather than the common good and therefore it was, by Confucian criterion, immoral.

Keywords:   philosophy, Neo-Confucianism, idan, T’oegye, selfishness

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