Quotation by Matthew Tindal

I am so far from thinking the maxims of Confucius and Jesus Christ to differ, that I think the plain and simple maxims of the former, will help to illustrate the more obscure ones of the latter, accommodated to the then way of speaking.
Matthew Tindal (1653–1733), British jurist. Regardless of whether one can agree, Matthew Tindal's approach to Chinese thought is remarkable in its lack of a sense of cultural superiority. Christianity as Old as Creation..., P. 296, Newburgh (1798); quoted in William W. Appleton, A Cycle of Cathay: The Chinese Vogue in England During the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, p. 48, New York, Columbia Universit.
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