By Daniel H. Bays
A New heritage of Christianity in China, written through one of many world's the top writers on Christianity in China, appears at Christianity's lengthy historical past in China, its terribly speedy upward thrust within the final 1/2 the 20 th century, and charts its destiny direction.
<ul type="disc">* offers the 1st accomplished history of Christianity in China, an incredible, understudied region in either Asian reviews and spiritual background
* strains the transformation of Christianity from an imported, Western faith to a completely chinese language faith
* Contextualizes the expansion of Christianity in China inside nationwide and native politics
* bargains a portrait of the advanced non secular scene in China this day
* Contrasts China with different non-Western societies the place Christianity is surging
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But not many Chinese priests were available until late in the eighteenth century; for some years in mid century Andre Ly was the only Chinese priest in the entire province. For training and maintaining the local faith community, the Chinese catechists (jiaotou) or congregation head (huizhang) were crucial. These were local men who taught the classes leading to baptism, and did much more; they also functioned as lay leaders able to represent the Catholic community in relations with officials and the local elite.
In the 1680s missionary numbers rose again, and then there was a doubling in the 1690s. In the one year of 1701, 30 new missionaries arrived, bringing the number to about 140, where it remained for a few years, until the Rites Controversy struck with its deleterious effects. The increased numbers partly reflected new sending orders, for example the Missions Etrangeres de Paris, French Jesuits, Lazarists, and others. And it was partly due to the increased attraction of The Jesuit Mission of Early Modern Times 23 China as a successful mission field, which seemed to be amply proven by the Kangxi emperor’s 1692 edict of toleration for missions and Christianity.
The glowing treatment of Ricci began with the publication of his memoirs, or Historia, within a decade after his death. Ricci, Fonti Ricciane. Pasquale M. , Storia dell’Introduzione del Christianesimo in Cina 3 vols. (Rome, 1942–1949). Recent examples are Vincent Cronin, The Wise Man from the West (London: 1955); George H. , Generation of Giants: The Story of the Jesuits in China in the last Decades of the Ming Dynasty (Notre Dame, IN: U. of Notre Dame Press, 1962). A more balanced account but very sympathetic is Jonathan Spence, The Memory Palace of Matteo Ricci (NY: Viking, 1984).