Christians in China: A.D. 600 to 2000

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Ignatius Press, Jan 1, 2007 - Religion - 664 pages

Christians in China: A.D. 600 to 2000╩chronicles the lives of the Chinese faithful who through the centuries have been both accepted and rejected by their own countrymen. It explores the unique religious and political situations in which Chinese Christians, Catholic and Protestant, have struggled to live their faith and give witness to Christ.

This major work covers each of the historic periods in China with a focus on the development of Christianity and its cultural interaction in each period. It shows the evolution of Christianity as it occurred within the PeopleŇs Republic of China. While telling the stories of various Christians throughout Chinese history, the author addresses a few key questions: How the did the Church develop over many centuries in a culture so different from the West? How do Christians in China give witness to their faith? How do they contribute to the life of the universal Church? The answer to such questions provides a meaningful historical background to the broad approach of Pope Benedict XVI in His Letter to the Catholics in China issued on June 30, 2007.╩Illustrated.

 

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Contents

RELICS FROM CHINAS PAST
19
The Xian Stele
21
The Scripture Translations of Changan
39
The Dunhuang Gloria
52
The Cross among the Mongols
69
A Bell Tower at Khanbalik
91
Arabesques in Chinese Ink
111
THE FRIENDSHIP OF WISE MEN
121
The Upsurge of Protestantism
350
Christians for Progress
365
The Church Outdistanced
381
Christian Patriotism
403
DEATH AND RESURRECTION
423
The Great Ordeal
425
Chinese Missionaries
444
Hong Kong Refuge and Springboard
464

The Discomfiture of the Conquistadors
123
Matteo Riccis Journey
140
Christian Scholars
159
Candida Xu A Mother of the Church
175
Eunuchs and the Kingdom
189
Confucians as Arbitrators
201
WITNESSES ON THE RUN
213
The Gospel in the Provinces
215
The First Chinese Bishop
229
Catholic Faith and Confucian Rites
246
Andrew Li Chinese Priest
271
Catechists Witness to the Faith
291
Apostles for Women
305
THE COLONIAL PERIOD AMBIVALENT EXPANSION
317
Pressure from the West
319
Catholic Villages
337
Taiwan Treasure Island
481
Resurrection in Mainland China
500
One Big Family Under Heaven
522
Conclusion
541
Chronological Table
545
Lexicon of Chinese Expressions
552
List of Personal Names in Chinese
556
Saints and Blesseds from China as listed in the Roman Martyrology 2001
565
Bibliography
572
Books and Articles in French
580
Books and Articles in Other Western Languages
587
Chinese Bibliography
589
Maps Illustrations
595
Illustrations
596
Index
597
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╩Jean-Pierre Charbonnier, a priest of the Missions Etrang res de Paris Society (MEP) now residing in the Archdiocese of Paris after 30 years in East Asia, is the Director of the China Service of the Paris Foreign Missions Society and a respected authority on the Church in China. He was educated at the Major Seminary of Versailles, and at the Sorbonne. He is the author of the╩Guide to the Catholic Church in China. In 1981 he founded in Singapore the Zhonglian Center: China Catholic Communication Service. Since 1975, Father Charbonnier has visited China and Hong Kong 43 times. This book is a translated, updated, and expanded version of his landmark work╩Histoire des ChrŽtiens de Chine.


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