Did Confucius Prophesy the Coming of Christ?
- How great is the path proper to the Sage!
Like overflowing water, it sends forth and nourishes all things, and
rises up to the height of heaven.
All-complete is its greatness! It embraces the three hundred rules
of ceremony, and the three thousand rules of demeanor.
It waits for the proper man, and then it is trodden.
The Congregationalist gentleman rejects such a Catholic (and catholic) interpretation, sniffing, "There is nothing in the text to justify such a thought." But could there be something outside the text to justify such a thought? The Jesuits who gave us the Confucius Sinarum Philosophus perhaps were thinking so. Writing from an Eastern Orthodox perspective, Hieromonk Damascene made the same case about Lao Tzu in his beautiful but flawed Christ the Eternal Tao.