Hui Xia (Sonja) came originally from Shanghai (China). During her study of philosophy in college (East China Normal University), she became interested in western philosophy and theology and decided to pursue theology degrees in Europe. After participating in the one-year Master’s Programme in Ecumenical Studies in Universität Bonn (Germany), she arrived in Leuven (Belgium) where she has spent seven years studying Christian theology (KU Leuven). Now she has submitted her dissertation, entitled From Light to Light: An Investigation into the Role of the Light Imagery in Gregory of Nyssa’s Spiritual Theology. As a Chinese, who has experienced different cultures and religions, her main concern is whether the inter-religious dialogue is possible and how the dialogue may contribute to our understanding of the unknown God. The project of intellectual humility provides her with a platform of reflection and exploration. She and her husband, Thomas, got a little girl one year ago, the best gift she could ever hope for.
Whether the virtue of intellectual humility (IH) is compatible with the firmness of one’s religious faith? Whether religious belief can encourage the practice of IH? In my one-year research, I will try to bring some light to these questions by investigating the interaction between divine hiddenness (DH) and IH: whether DH promotes IH; does IH play a role in man’s response to DH? To answer these questions, I will search for inspirations from ancient wisdoms, both from the ancient Hellenic world and from the Chinese traditions. The foci of my project will be Gregory of Nyssa and Confucianism. I will study DH in Gregory of Nyssa and in Confucianism respectively, and then bring them into dialogue and synthesis. The whole project is expected to produce three articles.