Quote by: Mark Elvin

Perhaps the most overpowering contrast [with the West] is the virtual absence in premodern China of the idea of a transcendent creator God who is distinct from Nature in a fundamental qualitative sense. The Chinese had notions of a supreme god in various guises (that is, ‘hypatotheism’), and also, as we have seen, of a somewhat demiurge-like ‘transformer’ constantly reshaping the cosmos.

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Author Bio

  • NameMark Elvin
  • DescriptionAustralian academic
  • ProfessionHistorian