A Voluntary Exile: Chinese Christianity and Cultural by Anthony E. Clark,Thomas H. Reilly,Robert Entenmann,Linda

By Anthony E. Clark,Thomas H. Reilly,Robert Entenmann,Linda Gerber,Michael Maher,Liu Anrong,Joseph Tse-Hei Lee

Western missionaries in China have been challenged by way of anything they can now not have encountered of their local tradition; so much Westerners have been Christian, and competitions of their personal international locations have been mostly denominational. after they entered China they unwittingly turned non secular retailers who advertised Christianity as just one faith one of the usual purveyors of different religions, equivalent to the masters of Buddhist and Daoist rites. A Voluntary Exile explores the convergence of cultures. This number of new and insightful examine considers issues of non secular come across and lodging in China from 1552 to the current, and confronts how either Western Europeans and indigenous chinese language mitigated the cultural and spiritual antagonisms that resulted from cultural false impression. The reports during this paintings establish components the place missionary lodging in China has succeeded and failed, and gives new insights into what contributed to cultural clash and confluence. every one essay responds not directly to the “accommodationist” technique of Western missionaries and Christianity, targeting new components of inquiry. for instance, Michael Maher, SJ, considers the academic and spiritual formation of Matteo Ricci ahead of his travels to China, and the way Ricci’s highbrow procedure was once hooked up to his so-called “accommodationist technique” in the course of the past due Ming. Eric Cunningham explores the hackneyed statement that Francis Xavier’s challenge to Asia was once a “failure” as a result of his low conversion charges, suggesting that Xavier’s “failure” instigated the full chinese language missionary firm of the 16th and 17th centuries. And, Liu Anrong confronts the hybridization of well known chinese language people faith with Catholicism in Shanxi province. The voices during this paintings derive from divergent scholarly methodologies in accordance with new learn, and supply the reader a special come upon with numerous disciplinary perspectives. This designated quantity reaches throughout oceans, cultures, political structures, and non secular traditions to supply vital new learn at the complexities of cultural encounters among China and the West.

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